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Cassette City

  • 1. Innocence
    2. Daylight into Me
    3. Kindness, The
    4. Meridian Sound, Pt. 1
    5. Another Word for Paradise
    6. Until the Sun Dies
    7. Songbird Athletic, The - (featuring Ezra Koenig/Greg Saunier)
    8. Meridian Sound, Pt. 2
    9. In Soft Focus - (featuring Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti)
    10. Fall of the Light Brigade, The
    11. Innocence (Reprise)
    12. Bottle Rocket
    13. Meridian Sound, Pt. 3
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 085

  • Credits
    ProducerRajesh Haldar; Rajesh Haldar; Lushlife
    EngineerRajesh Haldar; Jeremy Kulousek; Adam Kling; Ranjit Prasad; Ranjit Prasad; Jeremy Kulousek; Adam Kling; Rajesh Haldar

    Personnel: Rajesh Haldar (vocals, slide guitar, mandolin, melodica, grand piano, organ, chamberlin, synthesizer, glockenspiel, bass guitar, hand claps, percussion, sleigh bell, turntables, background vocals); Kevin D'Mello (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, synthesizer, bass guitar); Kim Chiesa (violin); Terrence Thornhill (cello); Lisa Morales (trumpet); Eric Rudderic Ferrat (trombone); Kyle Cedermark, Greg Saunier (drums); Kip Rosser (Theremin).
    Audio Mixer: Ryan West.
    Recording information: Eagle Frog Studios, Montclair, NJ; First Unitarian Chruch, Philadelphia, PA; ID Labs, Pittsburgh, PA; Le Bibliotheque, Philadelphia, PA; Prasad Recording Studio, Kolkata, India.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Rajesh Haldar.
    Arranger: Rajesh Haldar.
    CASSETTE CITY is a self-consciously fresh affair, full of care: Lushlife drops gully slang alongside guest spots by members of Deerhoof, Vampire Weekend, and Ariel Pink, everything meted out in perfect measure so as not to overbear. The track transitions, drum drops, and fleeting verses all seem labored over, everything meticulous, each hit perfect. Thing is, it works. Despite a host of reasons to pocket the record snootily into post-backpack "hipster rap," the record defies any but the sternest listener's dislike. Because, really, it's a lot of fun, perfectly so, even if Lushlife's trans-genre SMILE-meets-ILLMATIC aspirations were achieved first (and with blinding success) by Edan on BEAUTY AND THE BEAT. Tracks like the "Meridian Sound" trio echo postmillennial electronic indie acts like Manitoba and the Cinematic Orchestra, but merge without a hiccup into decidedly throwback headnodders like "Another Word for Paradise" and "Daylight into Me." Strangely, this synthesis of indie and boom-bap influences yields something unambitiously genial, a record with neither highs nor lows, just a big crowd-pleasing medium.

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