Animal Feelings CD (2010)

Artist: Rafter

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Label Asthmatic Kitty/ada
SKU 214681162
UPC 656605606927
UPC 14 00656605606927
Format CD
Release Date 4/13/2010
Author Rafter
Technical Info
Engineer Keith Milgaten; Rafter Santos-Roberts
CatalogID AKR 069CD
Lable Name Asthmatic Kitty
Released 04/09/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 40m : 41s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00656605606927
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Andy Robillard (drums).
Recording information: SDRL (2009); Singing Serpent, NYC (2009).
"Get your ass out on the floor," Rafter Roberts sings at one point on Animal Feelings, and for the first time, it feels like he could get a crowd to follow him. He tried mixing his love of R&B and Pop with a capital P with his indie roots previously on the Sweaty Magic EP, but there it felt half-baked -- not because he didn't love and understand the influences he was borrowing from, but because he hadn't quite gotten them to play nicely together yet. Here, Rafter brings those sounds into focus without losing the kitchen-sink charm of his earlier music. Animal Feelings gets back to (human) nature, singing the joys of simple but vital things like love, lust, and dancing. "No Fucking Around" gets right to the point, opening the album with funky vocoder vocals and cowbell, but its singsong melody is pure indie pop. The big, surprisingly muscular sound of "Never Gonna Die"'s tribal beat and "Paper"'s lush layers show that Rafter can make pure pop without sacrificing any of his personality -- and that, in fact, going in a more streamlined direction allows his mischievous spirit to come out and play to its fullest. Animal Feelings shines particularly brightly when Roberts juxtaposes unexpected sounds, like the title track's honky tonk pianos and bongos, or when 8-bit synths jostle against ukulele riffs and a shouted chorus on the excellent and very danceable "A Frame." He's better at this kind of musical alchemy than trying to replicate his influences; the vocoders come close to parody on the slow jam "Feels Good." Likewise, Rafter is at his best when the songs are cute, but not cutesy -- the (slightly) more grown-up sounds of "Timeles Form, Formless Time"'s sweet Afro-pop guitars, brass, and harmonies and the Latin-tinged "Beauty Beauty" are standouts. Animal Feelings is still more sweet than sweaty, and may not get indie diehards to shake what their mamas gave them. Nevertheless, it more than delivers on the promise of Rafter's earlier music and fits right in with YACHT, Dan Deacon, Bobby Birdman, and the other acts fusing electronic, pop, R&B, and indie pop elements into playful grooves. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n ambitious experiment in R&B populism....'Timeless Form, Formless Time' is a giddy paean to young love..."
Disc 1
1 No Fucking Around
2 Frame, A
3 Timeless Form, Formless Time
4 Fruit
5 Feels Good
6 Animal Feelings
7 Paper
8 Never Gonna Die
9 Only You
10 Love Makes You Happy (When It's Not Making You Sad)
11 Beauty, Beauty
Product Attributes
Artist Rafter
Music Format Compact Disc

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