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Remi Russin 
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Re: “Album Review: Plastique Mammals, 'Northern Sound'

First of all, Chris, thank you for the incredibly kind review. It makes me feel better than I can describe.

Secondly, in defense of the Logger clip!

A major source of inspiration for the EP was a critique I received from an out of town band we played with about a year ago. After our set, a member of the band commented; "You guys just SOUND like you're from up here."

While writing this EP, I was exploring that concept. What does life up here SOUND like? What does it SOUND like to come down the hill on Main Street and see the mountains behind the lake?

The image I wanted to inspire with the Logger clip stems from the accent. I've spent my entire life in Franklin County, and that manner of speech is as familiar to me as Lake Champlain, or mountains in the distance. In building an auditory representation of my home, I could think of no better monument to the simple, dignified, rural-blue-collar side of Vermont.

Considering the mood of the EP that it closes, I agree that the piece can be jarring. It irks you in the same way that stepping outside of Burlington, getting hit in the face with the cow-manure perfume that fills the rest of the state, can do to some. On an EP that works to capture the sublimity of life in Vermont, a peek into what you see when your head drifts into the clouds, the closing sample serves as a reminder of what's back on the ground.

Thanks again for the most flattering review!

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Posted by Remi Russin on 02/16/2019 at 10:12 AM

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