Boomkat Product Review:
The Geoff Farina fronted band Karate were branded with that clunkiest of tags: 'indie jazz' - not denoting that they're a jazz band on an indie label, but rather that they're an indie rock band dabbling in jazz. While that sounds like a nightmare scenario for fans of jazz, or for that matter indie rock, the band ably and articulately riffed on a more solidified take on the wayward meanderings of Pavement, taking a run down, rather lo-fi starting point and clashing together great, intelligent songwriting with artful, exploratory instrumental breakdowns. This album was released ten years ago, and now finds itself reissued almost four years since the band called it quits in 2005. The songs remain sharp, exuding an effortless cool, but there's also an element of understated craft at work here that's all-but unheard of in the genre.