The Electric Forest
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||Obumbrata Et Velata||Salaryman||4:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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||Three Hole Punch||Salaryman||3:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ridin' a Wire Fence||Salaryman||4:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Portwine Road||Salaryman||3:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Vorticists||Salaryman||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||First Person Shopper||Salaryman||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Van of Angels||Salaryman||3:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Electric Forest||Salaryman||4:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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The third album by the Poster Children's electronic alter egos Salaryman, The Electric Forest comes nearly a full decade after the side project's debut, and over six years after its follow-up. Overall, however, it sounds like it could have been recorded during the same sessions. Salaryman's raison d'être is a slightly skewed, tongue-partway-in-cheek take on Tortoise-style post-rock. Taken either as parody or in earnest, the result is the same: choppy rhythms in off-kilter time signatures, electronic keyboards pulsing underneath distorted heavy guitar riffs, and distorted found-sound voices occasionally drifting through the middle distance. The only thing lacking is a particularly interesting musical and/or philosophical viewpoint, or at least some memorable tunes. As it is, The Electric Forest sounds like the Poster Children came across a cache of unfinished Salaryman tracks and decided to polish them up and send them out. Hardcore post-rock aficionados and Poster Children completists are the album's only real audience, and even they're more likely to be bemused than transported.
Formed: 1996 in Champaign, IL
Years Active: '90s