Guided by Voices
Down by the Racetrack


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
January 31st, 2013 | 10 replies


Release Date: 01/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This EP isn’t even ten minutes long, but these tracks accomplish quite a lot in such short amounts of time.

The release of three entire studio albums in one year showed Guided by Voices to be quite the busy beavers in 2012, and kicking off 2013 with the nine minute EP Down by the Racetrack and already making plans for more albums coming soon means that 2013 will see the band just as constant in their material. Four of the six tracks on Down by the Racetrack only surpass a minute and thirty seconds in length, - the shortest of them being the not even fifty second long “Amanda Gray” - but each of the few songs are dedicated to different sides of the band’s personality and convey the styles in a gleefully short and sweet manner.

The deliberately low quality of opening song “It Travels Faster Through Thin Hair" casts an intentionally lo-fi tone that resonates throughout the EP, which generally gives Down by the Racetrack the feel of a demo tape, an unexpected touch for a band so far into their careers. Every song shares the quirky indie and obscure alternative rock characteristics that Guided by Voices fans will come to expect, but songs like the disjointed and scratchy “Standing in a Puddle of Flesh" serve as the perfect yin to the yang of the whimsical and serene atmosphere of “Copy Zero”, and both work as hushed counterparts to the more harsher guitar effects on rocking tracks like the longest song at two minutes and thirty seconds “Pictures of the Man” and the self titled album closer “Down by the Racetrack”. Ultimately, though there’s not many tracks, there’s a lot of variety in the few that are on Down by the Racetrack.

The EP sort of acts as a sampler platter of what to generally expect from the band, it spends its short amount of time showing off what the group already has instead of introducing something new for them, but it gets the job done through bite sized songs; making listening to this EP similar to eating a bag of candy. You consume it rather quickly, but you do so because it’s so delicious that you just can’t resist, and you feel good afterwards and crave more, which is what a good sampler accomplishes.



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breakingthefragile
January 31st 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I look forward to covering this band five or six more times in the coming year.

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breakingthefragile
January 31st 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, accidentally entered it into the database as an LP, I quickly made the edit to an EP after I submitted it though.

foxxxythnksustnk
January 31st 2013


2132 Comments


nice please review last 2 lps with 4+ ratings thx pos

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2013


10433 Comments


didn't know you listened to these guys. also, glad to know there's at least one contrib i can count on to consistently review new indie releases

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foxxxythnksustnk
January 31st 2013


2132 Comments


is candy good or is candy great that is what im debating

foxxxythnksustnk
January 31st 2013


2132 Comments


im keeping up

foxxxythnksustnk
January 31st 2013


2132 Comments


i understand

foxxxythnksustnk
January 31st 2013


2132 Comments


lol u kno me so well but nah i haven't been looking into many new bands recently just keeping up with who i kno p much the opposite of u right

foxxxythnksustnk
January 31st 2013


2132 Comments


i don't think we can date i think ull hurt me

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2013


3450 Comments


Holy shit Alex you're pumping these reviews out like a madman. Well done, though, have a pos



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