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Album Review

With Good World, Ryan Bouchard rushes through 17 tracks in 22 minutes, his creepy, wavering falsetto accompanied by his own tinker toy-like instrumentation and David Greenberg's lumbering drums. A concept album about subjects probably only Bouchard comprehends, this is an affair that might only interest the most adventurous listeners or fans of outsider art. An electric accordion, ear-piercingly high clarinets, and other found items weave in and out of the mix, creating an overall unsettling atmosphere of childlike oblivion. Bouchard offers up freak-jazz workouts and moody ballads, but all the songs intentionally blend into a quick fire of wailing indie obliqueness. Again, it's likely only fans of psychedelic experimentation and spooky falsetto mummery will appreciate Bouchard's otherworldly sonic kaleidoscope, but Good World is certainly an audio world unto itself.


Formed: 2002

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Ryland Bouchard masterminded the idiosyncratic, experimental indie pop project the Robot Ate Me in 2002. His first album, They Ate Themselves, which was comprised of the kind of drifting, spacy indie pop that nodded to bands like Sparklehorse and the Flaming Lips, was released on Swim Slowly that year. The album made ripples in the indie scene, and the following year found Bouchard on tour backed by David Greenberg, Are-Jay Hoffman, and William Haworth. The Robot Ate Me's sophomore album, 2004's...
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