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JEANS WILDER


"SIMPLER TIMES"
45rpm
After his split with Jen Paul in september 2009, we're glad to release a 7 inch of 3 songs by
Andrew Caddick aka Jeans Wilder.
Simpler times, Burnt toast and Cold shoulder, all Written and recorded in spring 2010,
and announced an amazing upcoming first album to come more later this winter in 2010.
Photography by Andrew Caddick.
Layout by Fleur D.


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TRACKLIST

Side A
SIMPLER TIMES

Side B
BURNT TOAST
COLD SHOULDER

45rpm
300 copies
Out, August 2010

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REVIEW

WEEKLY TAPE DECK / ALTERED ZONES
"A downtrodden Jeans Wilder ambles his way through the a-side of his new 7-inch Simpler Times,
whose every passing second threatens to fall into a decaying disintegration loop.
To that point, Wilder certainly takes several artistic cues and teeters between an unmixed Beach Boys outtake and a Lomax wax-cylinder..."
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BOOMKAT
"Killer 7" from Jeans Wilder, following his super limited and hugely collectable splits with Best Coast and Jen Paul. 'Simpler Times' has really caught our ear; it's one of those instantly gratifying DIY pop songs you feel like you've heard before in a drunken dream and could happily hear on repeat all afternoon. Lovers of Cold Cave, Wavves, or Blissed Out, beware! On the other side he deposits a pair of canny lo-fi love songs buried beneath bobbled tape grain yet still conveying arrestingly tender feelings in studied layered fashion. Utterly addictive and highly recommended..."

7 INCH BLOG
"Jeans Wilder showed up a while back on this split with Best Coast from Atelier Ciseaux. I remember liking his take on the super fuzzy, no-fi, shitgaze sound. Glad to see there was this 7" in the works of some solo material, thanks to La Station Radar. Three tracks: Simpler Times, Burnt Toast and Cold shoulder. "Simpler Times" is using a sort of organ percussion primitive beat heavy on the reverb. I know this entire style gets shit on by critics and labels alike, but when it's done well it can still be interesting...and I'd say it might even take some balls to work like this following in what people could so easily dismiss. You're going to really have to be innovative or confident to think you're going to get away with this these days....and he readily owns up to it calling himself "lo-fi", which I guess can be good that Jeans knows there's a larger history at work...or it's trying on a label...but that's definitely not the case here. I like Jeans' myspace description under "Influences" he says "old 45's played at 33", I'm definitely hearing that sludgy warped slow tempo at work in everything on this single. There's layers of vocals, all in different harmonies with a staggering amount of instruments sounds. Maybe I can relate to this kind of construction, throwing everything you have at the recording process and then gradually strip elements away. Take a huge equalizer, and focus in on frequencies...the whole time bouncing it back down to 2 tracks. I understand It's too hard to start with a blank canvas, give him a huge cube of marble to chip away at. He'll come up with something. I think that's essentially what's going on in "lo-fi"...that's what I'd like to believe anyway. Gary War starts with all known frequencies...pressing the Pink Noise button and then filters all the other things out to get tracks. From Jeans Wilder on the B-Side we actually get some acoustic guitar...I think people forget (I know I do) that Bill Callahan started out as the lowest no-fi-er back on his first couple of albums, and it's reminding me of that, super raw... the best kind of mess. Just taking an acoustic, which is of course a part of the singer/songwriter classic aesthetic and then getting that to work in new lo-fi ways. This dares to veer off melodic course...the vocals get screwy, falsetto and experimental. There a bass or synth sound that is so overblown it's taking up the whole sound wave. Cold shoulder gets as minimal as the sleeve.... all with just an electric, tambourine...or closed hi hat and massive cloudy vocals. A holy shit guitar explosion shatters the mood, the messiest anti-guitar playing ever committed to vinyl. Sheer madness. I like that the three of these tracks are really going in all different directions...which equals the potential for something really groundbreaking. I won't be surprised to see more and more of his work getting attention over the next year. It's going to be one of the great examples in lo-fi and is going to remain surprising. Cold graphic style for this one...that I see working for the whole sound. If you can remember the days of "Industrial", where it was about machines virtually creating the sound, then lo-fi is some kind of alternate industrial. There's so little of the actual person playing music behind the sound, this genre could kind of be an extension of that anti-human sentiment of the late '90s. Hmmmmm."
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