Old Punch Card - Sam Prekop
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  • Summary: The Sea and Cake singer challenged himself to create something different with his third solo album.
  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. In a lesser person's hands, this particular analog stew would have turned out to be nothing more than an album of farting robot sounds, but in Prekop's it is a well-conceived piece of musical experimentation. Drastically more daring than previous releases, Old Punch Card shows a radical side to Prekop that is relentlessly inventive.
  2. 80
    Old Punch Card is surprising and, at points, quite brilliant--it'll make your ears double-take. [Nov 2010, p.97]
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    The sound is persistently visceral even as the succession of surfaces and interventions belies a planned set of juxtapositions. [Dec 2010, p.52]
  4. It's a weird, sometimes difficult sonic journey-and one that Prekop fans will want to experience with a good pair of headphones.
  5. It's not an album fans of Prekop's signature drowsy vocals and woozy choruses are going to warm to instantly. Not that it's entirely unapproachable--far from it, there are luminous passages and lulling, almost cartoonish refrains to be found among the synthetic scree--merely unexpected.
  6. As an experimental piece of electronic music, Old Punch Card is an engaging and soothing album that will reward the open-minded and baffle anyone who expected the album to carry on in vein of his previous, more Sea and Cake-like efforts.
  7. If you like your mood music weird and wandering, you'll find much to savor in this disorienting package. Old Punch Card is a noble experiment, possibly one unworthy of a full-length album release, but a noble one nonetheless.

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