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Radar Bros.
Radar Bros. (Restless Records)

By: Rachel Leibrock

You know those pained and solitary nights when you turn off all the lights and lie on the floor with nothing but a beer (or two or three) and the stereo whispering in your ear? Maybe some Red House Painters, Cowboy Junkies circa the Trinity Sessions, Low or Galaxie 500. Something where it feels like just you and the Voice. An understanding, a connection in this lonely old world. Add the Radar Bros. to that catalogue. This quartet fronted by singer-songwriter/guitarist Jim Putnam, formerly of Medicine and Maids of Gravity, has found its sadcore sound repeatedly compared to both Syd Barrett-fronted and post-Syd Pink Floyd and a hushed Neil Young, but an analogy that works just as well is Pink Moon-era Nick Drake slowed down to a crawl then injected with serum from the souls of Thurston Moore and Hank Williams Sr. The band's debut full-length CD is deliberately spacy guitar rock floored by cruelly familiar pre-dawn hour demons. Morning with the razor gave perception to the human face again, sings Putnam in a cool, low voice that cuts to the quick. Cast through time again, we met problems in the end.
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