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Sweaty Magic EP

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  • Audio CD (September 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. noise
2. magic
3. juicy
4. sassy
5. sweat
6. salt
7. heat

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Hot on the tail of his acclaimed afro-tropicali-folk-funk-noise-pop full-length "Sex Death Cassette", comes this EP. The ultimate booty cap to summer. You might hear swirls of Tom Ze, Prince, Clipse, Zapp & Roger, Mr. Fingers, and D'Angelo staying up late in some non-exclusive beach rave with glowing extraterrestrial energy spheres.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
According to the label Asthmatic Kitty, the recipe for Rafter's latest dance-heavy EP is:

2 gallons Magic 92.5 San Diego's Old School
4 packages of dancing w/my hot girl @ the nightclub
Sprinkle of math metal

It pretty much hits the mark, actually. After the schizophrenic folk experience of his first album and the experimental wackfest of his second, Rafter goes full-out on the whole dance thing. Of course, since he's still very much Rafter, he crams "Sweaty Magic" with wild psychedelic rhythms and heavy electronic beats, as well as a folky start to one song and a plethora of strange sound effects. It is magic, and it might make you sweaty.

It kicks off on a high note with "Noise," which undulates through a swaying colourful storm punctuated by guitars and flexible beats, before hitting a higher point yet with "Magic." Lots of heavy thumping beats worthy of any respectable rave swathed in swells of dramatic synth, twittering squeaks and some truly insane drums. He sings under it, "I think it's magic/cuz it makes me mystified... watching as it comes alive/electric sweat, watch as it comes alive!" but you can barely hear him.

Rather than burning out his readers, Rafter then switches over to a gentle folkpoppy melody that mutates as it's invaded by wah-wah blats of dancy electronica, dense thickets of clattering bells and sinuous tropical dance, schizoid guitarpop that synth-creaks like a pond full of bullfrogs, and convulsive sputtering pop numbers filled with high-pitched protests ("She is MY girlfriend!"). Finally he switches over to "Heat," a low urgent pop number full of draggy-fingered riffs that somehow becomes insanely catchy after a little while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Frank on September 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
From the minute you start listening to this ep you will find yourself tapping your foot. But there's more here than meets the eye, or ear for that matter.
Genius instrumentation and a great display of Rafter's "pop sensibility" make this album a must for fans of all types of music. I personally heard influences ranging from jazz to techno pop.
I think these tracks further validate Rafter's place in indie music because of his ability to cross genres and make something totally unique.
This is an album which doesn't beg a second listen, it demands and deserves to be listened to over and over.
The more times I listened to it, the more I began to appreciate each individual melody as their own separate entity working together to reach a common goal.
Pure pop fun A+++++
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