Valedictorian/Exoskeleton [EP]

Album Review of Valedictorian/Exoskeleton [EP] by Dan Friel.

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Valedictorian/Exoskeleton [EP]

Dan Friel

Valedictorian/Exoskeleton [EP] by Dan Friel

Release Date: Oct 15, 2012
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

75 Music Critic Score
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Valedictorian/Exoskeleton [EP] - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

No Ripcord - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Dan Friel is embarking on his own again now that his association with Parts & Labor has been ended. Releasing his latest EP via Thrill Jockey (his first release with them) suggests a new chapter and further exploration of his experimental sound. The immediate thoughts question where his new work sits in comparison to that of Parts & Labor and his own previous records.

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Tiny Mix Tapes - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5

Although electronic musician and composer Dan Friel has been actively making music since before the turn of the last decade, most of it has been associated with Parts & Labor, the gummy noise-rock quartet he formed with bassist/vocalist B.J. Warshaw in 2001. A handful of small-run cassettes and CD-Rs along with the excellent Ghost Town LP (Important, 2008) pretty much constituted his solo discography, but in an age where the most cultic bands have nearly too many releases to count, Friel’s more sporadic schedule could be a blessing.

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