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Root Villa

by Root Villa

Portland faves Wampire previously were in this brilliant folky/proggy outfit from Salem, Oregon.
Genre: Pop: Psychedelic Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Southern Something
2:39 $0.99
2. Flare for the Obvious
3:45 $0.99
3. Extinct
4:12 $0.99
4. Soothing Song
3:29 $0.99
5. Scarce & Scanty
2:30 $0.99
6. Sphinx's Riddle
3:06 $0.99
7. Hilltop Manatee
7:10 $0.99
8. Precambrian
2:38 $0.99
9. Caterpillar
6:17 $0.99
10. Super Brains
5:13 $0.99
11. Bless the Poor
4:15 $0.99
12. Prophets in Brothels
4:30 $0.99
13. Gourd Song
5:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Root Villa was Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps (both later of Portland favorite Wampire) plus Rafn brothers Kevin (also briefly of Wampire) and Daniel. All four members are brilliant writers and performers, and the band's rich vocal harmonies and magical instrumental textures charmed many fans in Salem, Oregon from years 2003 to around 2008.

Brilliant writing and rare familial group feeling made the band a standout. Rocky’s songs (many of which are as good as the ones he's written for Wampire) have an enchanted and vulnerable pop sense, and haunting, wonderful melodies. Kevin Rafn was arguably the genius of the band, and his songs were loaded with intricate structures and wordplay. Eric also occasionally contributed songs and Daniel added his careful, layered production skills.

Try sampling “Soothing Song”, “Super Brains” and “Gourd Song” to get an idea of Rocky’s songs. “Flare For The Obvious” and “Sphinx’s Riddle” are good ones to try to get an idea of Kevin’s fecund skills. The group definitely thought in terms of an album experience, however, and this creative record repays dozens of listens.



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Lilly Gamaney

Simply put, this CD is the shit.
Root Villa, Salem's favorite boys, have one absolutely essential thing going for them. These guys are amazing artists with deliciously creative musical integrity. Obviously, every single track on their self-titled debut is precisely indicative of this priceless trait. The music is honest, but unpretentious. It's intelligent, but fun. It's mature, but playful.
Most importantly: though the word is overused to the point of meaninglessness, this CD is loaded with truly UNIQUE melodies, rhythms and lyrics. But even though these guys have a knack for presenting listenable, new sounds, the music is always comfortable and familiar.
Like their Myspace About Me espouses, you get a craving for it. A craving to listen to the whole damned thing all the way through. I'm convinced that this craving has come from the secure and gorgeously contrasted balance between every imaginable set of opposites.
Root Villa's first release is an absolute gem. It's the kind of thing that makes me proud to live in Salem, Oregon.

Donky-Mug Records

Good times in the in the form of stars!
The CD Is one of my flavor-its of the month, but I loved it since boy scouts! LOL Verry good shiznaa. Gourd Song is a favorite, also Caterpillar. The songs have so much deapth to them. I have really enjoyed the cd's quality sounds.
Funk on Funk Brothas.
Hill top Manatee is eating me whole!


you review it
wow. if not then so. they did it. and continue. i cant wait. you have no idea. i have some. they help. thank you. i love you. peace.