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Shooting Spires

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Shooting Spires is the one-man band side project of B.J. Warshaw, bassist for the New York indie rockers Parts & Labor. On his own, Warshaw favors galloping electronic beats and near-inaudible bass under sheets of droning, distorted guitars and vocals that have undergone so much after-the-fact processing that only occasional snatches of lyrics can be understood. And frankly, those aren't intriguing enough to encourage further exploration, so it's best to treat the tinny, echoed vocals as just another instrument in the enjoyably cluttered mix. The album's one drawback is that Warshaw doesn't evince much interest in dynamics or pacing: the most immediately appealing tracks, "A Million Drops" and "Hollow Yell," first attract the listener's attention because after four songs in a row that are working entirely too subtle changes on one basic theme, their Guided by Voices-like blend of lo-fi experimentalism and fractured but catchy pure pop influences are a welcome change of pace. The closing "At Last at Least," an exercise in guitar harmonics and Robert Pollard-like wasted-but-vulnerable vocals, and the similarly atmospheric and melancholy "Silent Alarms" are equally fine, but again, they're placed so close together in the album's track lineup that Shooting Spires starts to sound like a collection of three loosely connected EPs compiled onto one CD. There is much to like on Shooting Spires, but a more careful hand with the sequencing and pacing of the album would make it sound even better.

Biography

Formed: 2007 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Shooting Spires is the one-man band solo project of multi-instrumentalist B.J. Warshaw, who by day plays bass and keyboards with the experimental indie rockers Parts & Labor. The Brooklyn-based Warshaw wrote and recorded the Shooting Spires album in two busy months between Parts & Labor tours in early 2008, its twisty and largely electronic take on indie rock showing the avowed influence of Brian Eno's 1973 art rock masterpiece Here Come the Warm Jets, which Warshaw has regularly cited as...
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: 10 October 2007

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