Minmae / The And/Ors - (split 7")
(Airborne Virus Records 1999, AV006, 7" 33.3 rpm)
From Aural Innovations #7 (July 1999)
Minmae is back (see review in AI #7), this time splitting a 7" with The And/Ors. The Minmae side has two songs. The first is a grungy psych rocker that includes either loops or backwards guitar. This portion ends somewhat abruptly and then begins again as a melodic floating guitar track. It's still raw and includes some rough vocals but has a haunting but pleasant melody that succeeded in drawing me in.
The And/Ors track is similar to the second Minmae song, a valium paced, but enjoyably melodic song. (Though the vocalist is better.) The instrumentation seems to be mostly dark atmospheric synths against a throbbing electronic perucssion beat. This is really a pretty good tune and I can easily imagine it getting some radio airplay. I'd like to hear more from The And/Ors.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz