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Nattavaara Rocks

"File Under 'Debris'" 3" CDR


Genre: folk, instrumental, post-rock


October 2009

Accompanied by five grainy, black-and-white postcard prints (one for each song), the File Under "Debris" EP is a mysteriously alluring work of instrumental post-rock/folk music. Aside from occasional, sparse vocals, the main instruments are shimmering guitar and hazy, atmospheric electronics.

Wistful and fleeting, this record's downside is its own brevity; while it lasts, however, it's simply entrancing. According to the creator - Swedish songwriter Nattavaara Rocks - these songs are about "a tired love." However, their mellow moodiness is effectively contextless.

Interestingly, it is the instrumental parts of this record that succeed most - the tracks with vocals may have been better off without the hushed, droning singing. Among the better songs, "Baby Haunts the Riverwalk" works due to its eerie spaceyness - like a Godspeed You! Black Emperor interlude - and "All Dressed Up in Blue" is a brilliant bit of folky guitar exploration. File Under "Debris" is not the type of album anyone hates, and with good reason - it's a mellow, atmospheric work that's been composed with care and expertise.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]