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boduf songs - How Shadows Chase The Balance
How Shadows Chase The Balance is only the second full-length outing for Matthew Sweet's Boduf Songs, who sticks closely to the aesthetic blueprint established by his previous outing. Using just one mic and a bedroom-situated recording setup, Southampton dweller Sweet sets about spinning his stoically unadorned, unplugged songs, though manages to avoid any debilitating sense of austerity or sterility by merit of the rundown feel that pervades throughout. For instance, on the beautiful closer 'Last Glimmer On A Hill At Dusk' (possibly the finest song in Sweet's repertoire to date) in addition to the usual twang of half-rusted guitar strings, there's an intricate banjo part running throughout that locks into the main body of the song to great effect without ever really having to make much of an impact. Similarly, Sweet charges up the atmosphere on his productions by peppering them with simple, yet effective production quirks like an occasional smattering of effects pedal mutations, or a creepy, out of place oscillator drone. The addition of drums also has a massive impact on Sweet's material: despite the overwhelming gloom ingrained in his vocal, 'Quite When Group' becomes something of a pop anthem in the context of this album, punctuating the record with a much needed break from all that taut introversion. Lovely.