Hoop + Wire is the forthcoming (early March) release from Boy Eats Drum Machine, the brainchild of Jonny Ragel, the prolific composer from a basement in the landlocked nation of Portland. Here he takes straight progressions, preserves them, and yet disjoints them with stop-and-go syncopated rhythms and echoes. Stumbling hasn't been this charming since They Might Be Giants. Plus, there's something about the solo ethic that makes the music feel personal and real, like a home cooked meal by a grandma versus a chef's specialty prepared by a disciplined team. The critics-be-damned, this is how I like to make my dish mentality. Who doesn't relate to that?
Boy Eats Drum Machine - Hoop & Wire (mp3)