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Animal Feelings


Jumping head first into the synth-laden world of electro-pop, prolific artist and producer Rafter Roberts—who’s recorded bands like The Black Heart Procession and Rocket From the Crypt—has created a nutty mesh of sounds with his most recent work. Animal Feelings blends funky beats, ’80s synth and lusty lyrics, punctuated by random, offbeat percussion and a variety of video game noises. Oh, and a whole lot of cowbell.

Certainly poppy and danceable, Animal Feelings still falls short of its potential. Overbearing, repetitive lyrics consistently curtail promising rhythms. In “Never Gonna Die,” Rafter has a tendency to repeat a few words over and over for an eternity, and the persistent metallic clinking quickly becomes grating.


“Fruit,” one of the better songs on the album, features some awesomely funky guitar riffs and is reminiscent, in a good way, of a Super Mario Bros. soundtrack. “Timeless Form, Formless Time” and “Paper” are both fun hip-shakers that give you the impression that great music is about to happen. More often than not, though, it doesn’t.

Rafter plays the Palace Friday, Sept. 24, at 9 PM for the KBGA Birthday Bash. $7/$5 advance at UM’s KBGA office.

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