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The Rough Shapes — Frequency & Vibration | Album Review 

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The Rough Shapes
Frequency & Vibration
(2017, paper tiger records)

Guitarist and Rough Shapes main man Jeff Kadlic knows his way around an axe, both inside and out: Besides being a player of exquisite refinement, by day the former Lara Hope & the Champtones six-stringer is an accomplished luthier with his hand-built Champtone guitar line. Headquartered in Saugerties, the all-instrumental Shapes are rounded out by the veteran rhythm section of Colin Almquist (bass) and Dan Cartwright (drums) and use classic retro surf as the put-in point for a salty wave of tasty tangents: dreamy bachelor-pad exotica, noir-ish spy themes, twangy spaghetti Western soundtrack bait, and wordless rockabilly rumbles. Released digitally and on 180-gram vinyl, the trio's debut, Frequency & Vibration, sports six tracks that tease the way for a full-length follow-up. "Time to Forget" and "Summer Ends" make for haunting mood music while the torrid twister "Buried Bones" will have you hangin' ten on the Hudson.

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