JAMAICA PLAIN EP, CARE IN THE COMMUNITY RECORDINGS
The Jamaica Plain EP is a short-but-sweet collection of early psychedelic-folk recordings of Kurt Vile and a former Violator, Robert Robinson (now Sore Eros), in all their lo-fi glory.
The first song of the trio, sharing its name with the EP title, is characterized by the ever-existent arpeggios, cascading on for the entirety of the track’s seven minutes. A metallic and sliding guitar drawl eventually descends, with droning electronics hinted at in the background.
Subtle and ethereal melodies are grounded by the rustic, subdued guitar-picking in second song “Serum.” Robertson’s lamenting voice colours the middle track in a grey hue, making for something quite slow and deliberate.
Upon the final and arguably most resonant track, the spaced-out electronic amblings take centre stage. The fluttering sounds become pseudo-real; computerized manipulations are barely distinguishable from the true twittering of a bird. These songs are expansively set – crescendos slowly realized then faded, all the while pulsating.
Considered in whole, Jamaica Plain EP is a collection of songs that reads more like the manifestations of hazy, stoned, late-night instrumental explorations of Vile and Robertson. An interesting take, due more to the novelty of it rather than an exemplar of musical capability, these culminations are fine window into these musicians’ prior decades. A perfect listen for your own hazy, stoned, late-night explorations.
By Nivedita Iyer