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Laner, Brad / Natural Selections
Album:Natural Selections Collection:General
Artist:Laner, Brad Added:08/2010

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-03-06 Pull Date:2011-05-08 
Week Ending:24 Apr3 Apr27 Mar20 Mar13 Mar

 Recent Airplay
1.May 08, 2011:lost and found
Why Did I Do It
4.Mar 28, 2011:dream shoess
Crawl Back In
2.Apr 20, 2011:The Donner Party
Eyes Close
5.Mar 24, 2011:Treeswinger Radio
Crawl Back In
3.Mar 29, 2011:anti-heroine
Magnolia Doubles
6.Mar 23, 2011:Brownian Motion
Little Death

Album Review
Richard Davila
Reviewed 2011-02-27 
Brad Laner – Natural Selection (Hometapes)

Tightly produced Beach Boys influenced experimental avant pop. Massive drums, massively overdubbed vocals. Arrangements that sparkle and crack in jarring sudden shifts. The quirky pop experimentalism merits a mentioning of the Flaming Lips. Sometimes funky, sometimes quirky, sometimes hooky, but always worth a listen. FCC on 3. Picks: 4, 1, 11, 6 -Doublestuf
1. Ominous acoustic guitar that suddenly shifts to a major key vocal choir. The spooky to happy juxtapositions will make you feel like a ghost in the sunlight. 3:38
2. Definitely feels like a cloudier version of the Shins’ darker songs. 4:39
3. Revolves around the line: “people buy drugs in Lancaster”. One of the catchier tracks, with some beautiful happy to sad arrangements. Too bad he says “fuck” on it. 4:28
4. Extremely dancey drum kit with interjected affected samples of crowds talking. A foot stomping back water experimental folk pop tune 3:51
5. Vocal layers galore with a lazy happy melody repeated throughout. Psychedelic acoustic guitar jam 3:36
6. Another dancey real drum kit song like Caribou. Spacey atmospherics and distorted samples. Be warned, the last 40 seconds are a beat-less filtered space synth slow down 3:25
7. 70s electric organ psychadelic slow jam. Loose structure, creepy and beautiful 3:46
8. eastern music inspired. Orchestral samples, and plenty, plenty of funky distorted electric guitar lines. Underwater vocals 3:52
9. Laner’s little son (couldn’t be over 7) sings a little acoustic ditty 1:13
10. Vocal centric. Relaxed, unjarring, soothing. Simple percussion 3:44
11. Gorgeous dark piano, sometimes driving, sometimes melancholy, vocals with heart, a nine inch nails and flaming lips fusion. 3:53

Track Listing
1.Eyes Close 6.Brain
2.Throat 7.Why Did I Do It
3.Lancaster 8.Dirty Bugs
4.Crawl Back In 9.Vicky
5.Magnolia Doubles 10.Runner
 11.Little Death