Thursday, June 12, 2008

Homespun: Jumbling Towers, Classy Entertainment EP

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 9:37 AM

In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviewed Jumbling Towers' Classy Entertainment EP. He had this to say:

The indie-rock superpower Pavement was not especially known for asking poignant questions, but the 1997 single "Stereo" contained one such query: "What about the voice of Geddy Lee / How did it get so high? / I wonder if he talks like an ordinary guy." One could ask the same question of Jumbling Towers singer and keyboardist Joe DeBoer, whose voice is not so much high as it is manicured and overwrought. In his songs, nearly every syllable is given some kind of emphasis, either with a lilting vocal glissando or a spittle-flecked snarl; they're not so much sung as they are delivered. First-time listeners face an immediate choice: Accept DeBoer's manic, convulsive singing style in all of its performative glory, or write the band off as overly preening and pretentious. Pick the first choice, music lovers, and enjoy some of the most tightly constructed, convincingly performed indie rock in town.

Read the rest of his review here. Here's also a sampling of the EP -- which you can download for free at

MP3: Jumbling Towers, "Jeer"

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