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Jasper TX In a Cool Monsoon

With In a Cool Monsoon, Dag “Jasper TX” Rosenqvist tosses water on his listeners before tucking them back into bed. On opener “Still a Tiny Light,” pastoral guitar melodies slither between blasts of frying static, causing one to flinch whenever a peaceful chord rings. Sadly, the rest of Monsoon is too safe. Rosenqvist’s minimalist palette of listless guitar and accordion notes takes too long to finish its melodies, leaving the mind to wander and grow bored. There are few nice touches, like a peculiar moment where a microphone seemingly travels in a walking man’s pocket on “I Will Be Birds When I Die,” but avoid playing Monsoon half asleep on a freeway at midnight (like I foolishly did).

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