Cars & Trains / Rusty String
Album: Rusty String   Collection:General
Artist:Cars & Trains   Added:Dec 2007
Label:Circle Into Square  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-04-27 Pull Date: 2008-06-29 Charts: Electronic
Week Ending: Jun 15 Jun 8 Jun 1 May 18 May 4
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 11, 2008: Don't Call it a Comeback
Some Sort Of Overture
4. May 14, 2008: 408's Finest
Some Sort Of Overture
2. Jun 04, 2008: 408's Finest
Fake Plastic Guns
5. May 13, 2008: I once was Canadian
The Wires From My Broken Record Player
3. May 28, 2008: Keeping Up with Eran Mukamel (moderately-paced jamz)
Painting Over It Did No Good / Solitary Bird
6. Apr 30, 2008: 408s Finest
The Wires From My Broken Record Player

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-04-07
Folky acoustic music with hip-hop ideas. One-man band: Tom Filepp of Portland. The general pattern is one of contrast: mildly gloomy acoustic tracks overlaid with vocals, rap, or drum machine. The acoustic parts often get sampled & looped, adding to the modern feel but also creating a numbing, dull repetition. Filepp's voice isn't strong but has stage presence. The whole package doesn't always work, but it's worth a spin on pop shows or boundaryless hip-hop shows.
FCC clean.

1- Off-key clarinet/horn dirge, drum machine stomp, poetic female spoken word
2- Banjo, tart vocal, folky but aggressive
3- Halted strumming, wordy lyrics. Mid/fast but sparse. Crazy atonal instrument break later on.
4- Calmly bouncy guitar,
5- Calm guitar/xylophone riff, instrumental
6- Glitchy acoustic
7- Toylike piano, a wistful and melodic song. Thickly layered vocals
8- Catchy guitar tones, rustling beat, Asian-like random vocal. Good track, too brash to be called "shoegazer."
9- Gentle string plucks, tough hip-hop vocal front.
10- Sad faux-cabaret melody. Stomping, overriding beat. Some dissonance. Instrumental.
11- Midtempo tune, pleasant but a gloomy air. Repetitious, tedious ending stretches it beyond 7 minutes.

Track Listing
1. Some Sort Of Overture   6. ...And All Of Us, As Well
2. The Wires From My Broken Record Player   7. Painting Over It Did No Good / Solitary Bird
3. Fake Plastic Guns   8. Further From Home
4. Oh, Swseet Consequence   9. The Sky Is Clear
5. Beatitudes   10. The Singing Will Never Cease
  11. Nursing 500 Broken Fingers