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“Lo-Fi Gumbo Stolen From the Best Record Collections”
The new LP from Columbus, Ohio’s Connections is like a stew made up of all the best, forgotten elements from your record collection. It’s a lo-fi affair, with hints of Pavement and Bob Mould’s Sugar, but perhaps a bit more focused on melody. Take the poppy “She’s Cheering Up,” for example. Like the Ramones before them, Connections seem to want to make bubblegum pop records, just with fuzzed out guitars and a bit more “rough-around-the-edges” swagger.
“2 Makes 2” is the perfect mix of Pixies-era college rock and angular, Television-esque art noodling from the Bowery; while “Rough Patch” is a more subdued acoustic number that plows along to a demanding strum pattern.
All in all, Body Language is not just a cherry-picked homage to a vinyl junkie’s crate-digging excursions. It’s a well-crafted, down-to-earth rock album with enough freshness of its own to earn our heartfelt recommendation.
Recorded at Columbus Discount Recording
Engineered by Adam Smith
Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Color: Black Vinyl
photo by Jodi Miller