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June 17, 2003

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Since this seems to be the focal point, I'll get it out of the way right now: Statistics is Denver Dalley's (guitarist of know, that Bright Eyes dude's other band) solo project.  Anyways, the best way to describe these 5 songs is a sometimes awkward mix of ambient and electro-pop, though it meshes together quite well.  The EP kicks off nicely enough with the lively uptempo number "Another Day," full of synths, twinkly guitars, and breathy vocals, and then fades out tastefully premature around the three minute mark.  A few minutes of pretentious, hip, art noise and rambling occurs before the next track, which is essentially an ambient instrumental; "(A Memory)" starts up with a wind-like, repeating loop, which then eases into an almost hip-hop type beat, with some keys and repeating acoustic riffs throughout.  Since I'm a huge fan of ambient, I'd have to say this is probably my favorite track on the EP...and that acoustic melody is hard to get out of your head. The third song "Hours Seems Like Days" is a mediocre pop-rock songs with catchy guitar work and some distorted vocals.  It's not bad, but could be better, and it's a little too short. The mediocrity continues with "(A Flashback)," the epilogue to the first instrumental "(A Memory)." Again it's not bad, but it just feels a bit empty. The slow, trance like "Cure Me" closes out the EP with it's fine mix of acoustic guitars, ambient beats and whispered vocals, and succeeds in creating a rather melancholy vibe. Overall, it seems like Denver is still feeling things out, but this EP is a fine debut for him. Sure it kind of lags towards the end, but the first 2 songs alone make it worth obtaining. Any Desaparacedios fan should surely be interested in this as well. I'm assuming the full-length that is to be released later in the fall will have a better sense of completeness to it, I definitely know Mr. Dalley is capable of it.