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Nature of Sap

Overdrive, PortastaticAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0000019OY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Reverse Lester
5. Flare
6. Jonathan's Organ
7. Before You Sailed Around The World
8. Ben's Revenge
9. Impolite Cheers
10. Spying On The Spys
11. Bjjt
12. Landed
13. If You Could Sing
14. The Nature Of Sap
15. Silent
16. Bonus Track 1

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Mac McCaughan tipped his hand about his goal for Portastatic early on with a cover of Brian Eno's "St. Elmo's Fire." His mostly solo side project is a vehicle to make his own version of Another Green World (or at least Here Come the Warm Jets) in his basement eight-track studio. Clarinet (courtesy of Lambchop's Jonathan Marx) and grand piano (ably played by McCaughan, who also tackles synthesizers, e-bowed guitar, vocals, and most other instruments) are the dominant sounds on Portastatic's third full-length effort, but this is no pseudo-classical avant-jazz minimalist post-rock wank-off. McCaughan displays the same unerring knack for hooks and inviting songcraft that he's always shown in Superchunk, only here he slows down the tempos, varies the instrumentation, and concerns himself more with the background (weird ambient soundscapes) than the foreground (verses, choruses, and such). Whether it's evidence of the notoriously prolific McCaughan easing up a bit, or he simply scraped up enough money to indulge himself this time, The Nature of Sap benefits from an attention to detail somewhat lacking in earlier, lower-fi outings. Jim Derogatis

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff. August 24, 2009
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
This album is great, catchy, low-fi, mellow and imaginitive indy rock. Used to listen to this EVERY night going to bed in college and never got sick of it!

This is the album that started me liking portastatic and still seems like my favorite.

"Warnings are for people with thier eyes closed."
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