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Rafter Sex Death Cassette

  • Words: Josiah Hughes
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • XLR8R Rating: 9/10

As a longtime producer, solo artist, and member of Sufjan Stevens' entourage, Rafter Roberts has kept a pretty low profile. Sex Death Cassette, his second solo record, will hopefully change this. Blanketing weird-pop gems in a wash of hazy production, Sex Death Cassette brings to mind summer vacations and afternoon naps. At 35 minutes, the record’s 19 tracks twist and turn between heartfelt serenades (“I Love You Most of All”), fuzzed-out pseudo-reggae (“LoveTimeNowPlease”), and progressive indie rock (“Chances”). Despite its disparity of genre, however, the songs are all united by Rafter’s incredible production skills, which alone are worth the price.

1 comments Sex Death Cassette

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 01/17/2008 - 23:32

Production skills? On this record? What are you smoking? This is pretty low-fi stuff. While I agree that this album is excellent and worthy of the 9/10 rating, it's not the production that makes it great. It's catchy and to-the-point pop songs that make this record stand out.

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