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by Elliot Racine

Funky DIY music anthems, fuzzed-out, up-tempo rock, flute-forward reverie and more are played on 44 instruments, including the bass, of course, in this celebration of the curiosity that characterizes the music of Elliot Racine!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Far and Away
3:14 $0.99
2. Forces and Flow
3:10 $0.99
3. Step In
3:34 $0.99
4. Give a Fuck
3:28 $0.99
5. A Little More About It
4:16 $0.99
6. Holiday
4:06 $0.99
7. You, Me, And Mount Tamalpais
2:10 $0.99
8. A Morning in October
2:54 $0.99
9. Ass on the Outside Seat
2:58 $0.99
10. How Many Sounds from a Piece of Bamboo?
2:08 $0.99
11. Dream Eater
2:55 $0.99
12. Inward
3:15 $0.99
13. Islet
2:29 $0.99
14. Root of Creation
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Album Notes
Elliot Racine’s music has always been characterized by a seemingly limitless curiosity. His creative process is fueled by an ever-expanding interest in genre exploration and an encyclopedic knowledge of world instruments. This album, aptly titled Curiosity, features 44 instruments in 47 minutes, from the Kenyan Akamba fork sistrum to the bass, Racine’s primary instrument.

Curiosity finds Racine revisiting familiar textures with a newly defined focus. Fans of 2012’s Too Fucking Human will find plenty to like here, from the humorous social commentary of jangly folk song “Ass on the Outside Seat” to the electronic beats of “Holiday.” But what makes this album different is that it signals a new stage in Racine’s songwriting: The songs on Curiosity are meticulously crafted, with a strong emphasis on structure and storytelling.

Racine still finds plenty of space for mischievous explorations (“How Many Sounds from a Piece of Bamboo?” is exactly what it sounds like: a playful investigation of the remarkable sonic potential of a simple bamboo shoot), but he also proves that he can write a tight, catchy rock song, like the fuzzed-out, up-tempo “A Little More About It,” complete with soaring background vocals and a propelling djembe beat.

Throughout Curiosity, lyrics take a more prominent role, with vocals high in the mix for most songs, including the poetic spoken lyrics of dreamy, tingsha-accented drone composition “A Morning in October” (“The light of the morning is gray / Not industrial, sterile, oppressive gray / But sweet, gentle, pastel gray / Living gray”) and the rousing chorus of DIY music anthem “Forces and Flow” (“I won’t fight the forces in me anymore / I’ll just go with the music and I’ll let it flow”). That said, the album isn’t without a handful of stunning instrumental numbers, like flute-forward reverie “You, Me, and Mount Tamalpais.”

Curiosity is a rewarding listen for both longtime fans of Elliot Racine and those who are new to his music. Newcomers will discover Racine at the peak of his craft, with an undiminished enthusiasm for experiments in sound.



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