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Thy Is a Word and Feet Need Lamps:Half-Handed Cloud

Artist: Half-Handed Cloud

Date Released: March 1, 2005

Label: Asthmatic Kitty

Produced By:

Tracklisting:

  1. You Get a Horseshoe
  2. Mud...
  3. Out of Crudeness: Healing
  4. Let's Go Javelin'
  5. Ezekiel Bread
  6. The Famine's Hard
  7. Flea Market Temple
  8. Pup-Tent Noah
  9. Grandfather Foreskin
  10. Quail
  11. Thumb/Toe Collection
  12. Animals are Cut in Two
  13. Disaster Will Come Upon You & You Will Not Know How to Conjure It Away
  14. Jael Peg Caper
  15. Everyone Did What Was Right in Ther Own Eyes
  16. Considered It a Loan

ReviewEdit

Half-Handed Cloud aka singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist John Ringhofer is back with another mythic tale of indie-pop mayhem for Asthmatic Kitty. Ringhofer is a storyteller first, he paints the picture with his words and then colors them in with the music. He is greatly influenced by Brian Wilson meaning the album is splint into sporadic, minute-long pop sequences with an overlying vibe; you can never really tell when one song ends and the next begins. He also surrounds himself with a lot of instrumentation including guitars, cellos, pianos, church organs, woodwinds, brass, non-instrument sounds, and eight-person chorus and all sorts of percussion. Ringhofer also brought a lot of his friends along for the ride, including Sufjan Stevens on drums (Ringhofer plays in his touring band), Daniel Smith of the Danielson Famile at the mixing boards and Rafter Roberts of Bunky fame in the mastering suite. It’s a good, late-night album, subtle in sound and interesting to listen to. Mpardaiolo

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