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The Folk Implosion Take a Look Inside....... LP (Clear Vinyl)

The Folk Implosion

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Fan-Favorite 1994 Album Back in Print on Vinyl LP!
Pressed on Limited Edition Clear Vinyl!

They say there's always something special about the first time and this record is that first time for the Folk Implosion. The band left the acoustic guitars and fragmentary sketch modus operandi of their earlier cassette behind to focus on an eccentric version of home studio craft, held together by a few cheap microphones (including a Radio Shack PZM) and a Tascam cassette 4-track recorder sequestered under the eaves of a third floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts double-decker house apartment. Wood floors and Christmas lights were as much a part of the vibe as an Ampeg VT 40 guitar amp and a small chord organ. The duo would wait until the downstairs neighbor went to work in the morning and then would play until the tunes snapped like a high-pitched snare drum. The setup would close down just before the neighbor came home from work, keeping the peace long enough to see the project through to completion.

Once tracked, the band snuck into Fort Apache studios with Tim O'Heir (producer of Sebadoh's Bakesale LP) early one morning, freeloading off the Sebadoh sessions that were set to get going that afternoon. Tim mixed the songs through a very hi-fi Neve board in a matter of hours with the Tascam sitting right on the giant board like a tugboat keeping time with an oil tanker. The duo hoped that the spirits of ancestors like The Troggs, Devo, Al Green, and The Bee Gees would be pleased with the scent of tribute that arose from the ashes of the pyre. Today, they are pleased to see the Slaps and the Sputniks on view again nearly 30 years later.

With 14 songs whizzing by in 22 jam-packed minutes Take a Look Inside is just a lo-fi blur on the first few listens. But eventually the great songs stand out, and it becomes clear that this short-form approach to songwriting suits Lou Barlow well. So instead of the rip-off one would expect from a 22-minute full-length, Take a Look Inside stands as one the Folk Implosion's best releases.
-Ari Wiznitzer, AllMusic

Features

  • Limited Edition
  • Clear Vinyl
  • Back in Print on LP for the First Time in Over 25 Years
  • RIYL: Sebadoh, Lou Barlow, Beat Happening, Silver Jews, Daniel Johnston, Guided By Voices, 13th Floor Elevators

Selections

  1. Blossom
  2. Sputnik's Down
  3. Slap Me
  4. Chicken Squawk
  5. Spiderweb-Butterfly
  6. Had to Find Out
  7. Better Than Allrite
  8. Why Do They Hide
  9. Winter's Day
  10. Boyfriend, Girlfriend
  11. Shake a Little Heaven
  12. Waltzin' with Your Ego
  13. Take a Look Inside
  14. Start Again

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