Haircuts

by Swim Ignorant Fire

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"This Haircuts CD-r is a self-released repress of an earlier release on Scotch Tapes. Swim Ignorant Fire is the solo guise of Stephen Holliger who plays in Veyou with Nick Hoffman (Katchmare), a duo which made one of the coolest tapes of the year back in January.
“Seeds on a Sunday Wedding” kicks things off with a twitchy, glitchy beat, keyboard swells and a creepy manipulated sample of singing. Weird but also weirdly comforting. That feeling disappears with “Marc Ribot can Kiss My Furry Ass!” a pairing of loud, scratchy beats and manipulated guitar melodies. I dig a sample of a live snare that comes into play in the second half of the track. Still not sure what Ribot did to anyone though, I always liked that dude’s playing. “Come to Pop Pop” brings back that weird ghostly singing and sets it to a weird distorted waltzing melody. “I Just Got Shot in the Love Handle” reminds me of a piece of music from Requiem for a Dream, which is awesome to say the least. Super groovy, grimy, crunchy and melodic. Very cool jam. “Take Something with You” brings back that ghostly singing but this time over a surprisingly straightforward arrangement. The track is mostly unfettered acoustic guitar with a few fragments of beats here and there. The placement of the acoustic guitar works incredibly well, creating a brief oasis in the middle of the record from the dirty machines that usually dominate it. “GPA Won’t Stop Being Epic” makes up about a fourth of the album’s length. It continues with acoustic guitar as well as televangelism and rave beats. “The Fall of Leaves” features a thematically driven recording of trudging through leaves, with a very pretty reversed melody. That ghostly singing sample reappears here though it doesn’t totally gel with everything else going on in the track though there’s a nice lilting accordion near the end. “Let You Down” and “I’m All Better” continue in the mellow tradition of the second half of the album; I think the latter is the better of the two though. The short closer “New Dress” joins a bristling Velcro beat with manipulated vocals and a simple guitar melody. "
- Auxilary Out

Polish to English Translation:
"He took me this team. Really. I have the impression that they could all put in their music and completely sprawdzałoby that. Nothing would seem out of place. It is certainly a gift.
They can do piskliwo-scratchy electronic piece, and a moment later to present okołoakustyczną insert i. .. no right to wonder. In the end it goes to one philosophy of music.
This album is thus a kind of cocktail ... Or drink. Apparently puts to some root. I do not know who it came up, but since so many people praise it - say, something worked. Similarly, in this case. I listen to again and again Haircuts and still be happy to start from scratch. Specific severity of these sounds has something ... poetic."
- SOINOISE

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released January 1, 2009

Released by Scotch Tapes in Jan 09
tape shared with Jesi Langdale

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Track Name: Come to Pop pop
I'll miss you when I'm gone,
I've missed you before I left.
Track Name: Take Something with You
Canoe and Sunshine,
Paddle from the inside,
Stop Hiding,
Take Something with You
(so we don't forget)