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Seth Smith 

New Problems (independent)

Be they scraps from Dog Day's cutting room floor or snippets of ideas in progress, Seth Smith's New Problems seems like anything but unfinished. The collection of tracks segue from one to the next with little or no pause, brief echoes of found sounds or a lingering hollow vocal, making it all feel like a meandering sequence of Super-8 daydreams that creep into each other without respect for boundaries. Some tracks (like "Make the Right Decisions" and "Fish") sound like they could have been bigger rock numbers but are so much the better for the intimate treatment they get here instead. Between his commitments with Dog Day and Yo Rodeo, one has to wonder where Smith finds the time to churn out gems like this. But we are so glad he does.

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