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Under and Under [Digipak]

  • 1. No Compass
    2. L Machine
    3. Night Night
    4. Open Shut
    5. Setting Fire to Your House
    6. Around the Room
    7. Blue Lights
    8. New Things, The
    9. Falling Back
    10. Tin Birds
    11. Slowing Down
    12. Face Watching
    13. Books
    14. Nothing UGC
    15. From Here
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 168

  • Credits
    EngineerCraig Mileski; Gary War; Craig Mileski

    Personnel: Ryan Naideau (drums); Vivian Girls (background vocals).
    Recording information: Freedom School Studios (2008).
    Quasi-anonymous bedroom synth punker Blank Dogs released this full-length on In the Red in 2009. Building upon past experiments, UNDER AND UNDER features some of the finest songwriting principal Dog Mike Sniper has produced thus far under this particular moniker, and that's certainly saying something given how prolific the man is. Like past releases, the songs here are built on simple beats, icy guitar riffs, single-note synth lines, and distant muffled vocals accented with bursts of analog ephemera. Though there's a slight retro feel, FACE TO FACE is perfectly of a piece with the festering anxiety and creeping bad vibes of of the late '00s. That said, there's also a hopeless beauty that seems to emerge at the most unexpected places and gives the record an unexpected dimension.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.82) - "Sniper turns rubbery bass lines and thin synths into goth-flavored bubblegum pop."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "[A] brilliant departure comes late in the record, in the aptly named 'Slowing Down': the song decelerates from UNDER AND UNDER's usual cruising speed, without sacrificing the project's love of disorder."
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