Published July 23, 2010
Minimalistic vocal-centric lo-fi is a tough game to play. It’s not that it’s so hit or miss; it’s that a lot of the time the listeners finds themselves questioning if it sounds shitty because of the shitty recording job or it’s been intentionally run through effects to sound shitty because the recording was accidentally awesome.
This is pretty much the case with Loji’s album. The Sudden Weather Changer-by day’s album is good fare for spending a solo acid-trip making papier-mâché masks for your cat. The songs really are dreamy and full of quirky imagery in the lyrics. There’s Ariel Pink-esque mouth-made beats and the standard looping practices pulled off gracefully.
But still. In terms of production it sounds… tampered with? It frequently borders on sounding fully awesome and polished but has been man-handled to sound rough around the edges, or maybe it’s the other way around? I feel like this album is trying to sound like something it wasn’t to begin with and it should have stayed organic.