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Treasure Mammal/Whitman

If you have wanted to check out Phoenix-based Treasure Mammal, but aren't ready for one of his longer efforts, listening to this 7-inch is the perfect way to ease yourself into his unique (if not slightly disturbed) sonic art. "Ain't No Shame in My Game" features a sparse techno beat careening along unharmed, then switches gears with the addition of clanging metal and digital scratches falling into the syncopated groove. Then there's "Smile," the record's most dramatic tune. The hauntingly minimal and scratchy vocals are backed by an organ suited for a morgue before going into a goofball and infectious Nintendo-like groove, complete with a chant that's an ode to the infamous and melodramatic breakdown by Jessica Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) in Saved by the Bell. The record's other side showcases unconventional Southern California singer-songwriter Whitman and his dark folk. On "Cure for Riverside," everything is out of tune, save for a pulsating electric guitar line that pulls the listener away from the organized chaos, while "Moderate" is a less aggressive, more charming song that features weird noises that sound like short-circuiting children's toys whirling in the background and the refrain, "When I say I hate you/Well, I mean I hate this town." The record is volume one in Tiny Panda's "Seven Inches in Heaven" series.
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Steve Jansen
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