Banjo or Freakout Banjo or Freakout

Banjo or Freakout Banjo or Freakout
Banjo or Freakout's close association with shit-hot producer Nicolas Vernhes works almost as a detriment on this debut LP. Owner of Rare Book Room Records and studios, Vernhes (a producer who helped Deerhunter and Animal Collective find their hibernating sounds) released and produced the songs that would become Banjo or Freakout. Tracks like "105" and "Idiot Rain" suggest that Banjo or Freakout (aka Vasto, Italy's Alessio Natalizia) has a lovelorn passion for forgotten, early '00s post-indie electro pop of bands like I Am the World Trade Centre and Her Space Holiday. Alessio's vocals are perfectly hushed and vulnerable on "Can't Be Mad at Nothing" and "I Don't Want to Start All Over Again," creating the image of a true bedroom artist, even though the album was produced in a studio with a crafty veteran. Indie fans looking for Vernhes's next hit hipsters should steer clear. The rest are welcome to explore the gentle waves of Banjo or Freakout. (Rare Book Room)