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  You Show No Emotion at All  
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In order to increase the incredible amount of material that they have available, Hood have released a single to augment their album Cold House. It's a short release that explores their fusion of indie pop and IDM a little further than what you got on the album.

The title track, You Show No Emotion At All is from the album. This track is a decent song of wavering synths and beats that hiss and pop, over which the lead Hood brother sings. It's a decent tune, not my favorite on the album, but far from it's weakest track.

This release (which i am going to classify as a "single" just for the hell of it) adds three more songs, and a short video. Let's examine each in more detail.

Across the Lonely Writing Side is a cold, dreary indie rock song. Very typical of Hood, and the mood they create with their music. However, rather than their normal drumming this song has light, skittering computer beats. The computer sounds work, and this is a nice tune.

Painting the Town Dead is a very similar tune. It's low-key dreary rock with laptop beats. However, the guitar melody here stands out, and the voice is fed through some light distortion, which gives the song a vaguely creepy feeling. Again, it is a nice enough song.

And wrapping up the musical portion of the release is Ghost by Japan, which is the most IDM of the tracks. It sounds as if the whole thing has been fed through a computer and Autechre-ized. It's my least favorite on the single, but is not a bad tune by any stretch. It just sounds, well, kind of generic for this type of stuff.

But wait -- if you have a computer you can also watch a video for You Show No Emotion At All. It's a little quicktime thing on the CD, so plop it into your computer and give it a whirl. They really oughta figure out a way to make these enhanced CDs work in a DVD player as well. I would much rather watch a video on my TV than on my computer. But hen again, i'm just not a "visuals" person. The very thought of having to devote two of my sense to experiecing something fills me with boredom. But i viewed this for you people (oh, the sacrifices i make), and because, well, i guess i might as well. I mean, Hood went through all this trouble to put it on the disc. However, in all likelihood i will never watch this thing again. But that's just me. I wonder if other fans watch the videos on these enhanced CDs more than once. Hmmm...

Anyway -- the video. It is very Hood. It is a stream of fuzzy, jumpy images that are somewhat out of focus. It looks homemade, and the grainyness and jumpiness of the video seems to be the visual equivalent of IDM. Kind of neat, from that respect. Specifically, this seems to be footage of a car trip through overcast scenery. It's pretty out, but not too sunny. This is the type of landscape that makes me think of Hood's music, so it really works. However, the general lo-fi quality and the lack of any people in the shots (you see trees and signs) reminds me of La Prochaine Fois, the movie to accompany the latest Neotropic release. This has a similar feel to it.

So, on the whole, this is a pleasant single. Not spectactular, but not bad. If you enjoy Hood's experiments with electronic music sounds, then this is a worthwile purchase.

Related Links:

A previous EP, Home Is Where It Hurts.
The album, Cold House, from which the title track of this single was taken.
Hood on tour around this time, in Atlanta, and in LA.


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