At last week's Boise Experimental Music Festival, I met some really interesting people, including one Nate P. of No-Car Garage Recordings (NCG Recordings). He told me that both his band (iqeq) and his company had some things going on and would be in touch. With several events in my immediate future, I logged the meeting in my subconscious.
A few days later, I received a small package in the mail containing two CDs of NCG Recordings artist benedicteyeball and a nice, typed letter. The kit was from Nate P. himself, as was the letter where he describes benedicteyeball (which is a solo project with Nate P. starring as songwriter, perfomer and producer) as "space-folk-post-rock" influenced by the likes of Fugazi, Modest Mouse, John Frusciante and Fiery Furnaces.
Intrigued, I popped Orphans Volume One (the first in what is to be a three-part series) into iTunes not sure of what to expect. I was awed. The tracks are artful, clever, odd, melodic and full of interesting sounds and smart beats. I listened through the five songs and then put the other benedicteyeball, five-track CD titled Imperfectionist Collectionist in. This one is a little darker, the beats are a little harder and the melodies are a little more experimental and progressive, but it's as interesting and enjoyable a listen as the first.
Both CDs will be released on May 16 and celebrated with a release party at Terrapin Station. Both CDs will be available at Record Exchange, Hastings and online at CDBaby.com.
benedicteyeball and iqeq, 9 p.m., $2, Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St. For more information, visit benedicteyeball's Web site at www.freewebs.com/benedicteyeball.
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