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Album Review

Cut Me Down & Count My Rings collects 46 (they're really short) B-sides, compilation appearances, download-only tracks, Christmas songs, and whatever else Half-Handed Cloud (aka John Ringhofer) could find under the bed onto a single disc. Ringhofer, a straight-up D.I.Y. faith-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and performance artist who splits his time between crafting magical and whimsical lo-fi Christian indie pop and playing the trombone in Sufjan Stevens magical and whimsical orchestra pit, quite literally gushes optimism and childlike wonder. His eccentric arrangements and quirky melodies fall somewhere between Cloud Cult and the Flaming Lips without either's production values. Cut Me Down & Count My Rings, being a random assortment of leftovers, latecomers, and spontaneous emissions, hardly works as a stand-alone album, but patient listeners who are tuned in to Ringhofer's righteous rainbow of song will find more than a few gold coins to take home.

Biography

Formed: Knoxville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A moniker lifted out of the Old Testament by performance artist/multi-instrumentalist John Ringhofer, Half-Handed Cloud specializes in creating economically complex pop. His tenure with the quirky Wookieback over, Ringhofer has carved out a unique niche for himself with his insistence on severely truncated song structures. Armed with a 1960s Sears particle-board guitar, a trombone, and any number of other instruments he puts his hands on, often accompanied by ghoulish dolls and the adornment of homemade...
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