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Dot Hacker EP portends of good things to come

Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 15:02

Dot Hacker

Dot Hacker EP

(ORG Music)

Grade: A

 

Danger Mouse's paws have prodded quite a few collabos over the last decade years, but in the conception of Dot Hacker he can probably only claim more of a marginal role.

Those who are familiar with Josh Klinghoffer's collaboration with John Frusciante on A Sphere in the Heart of Silence will immediately recognize the former's androgynous vocals.

However, placing his bandmates might be a bit more difficult.

The four members of Dot Hacker, Klinghoffer, Clint Walsh, Eric Gardner and Jonathan Hischke, are established musicians with aforementioned ties to the Danger Mouse Club. The first three met while playing with Gnarls Barkley and met Hischke while he was on tour with Broken Bells.

If the four tracks on this EP are any indication, they bonded over deep grooves, sweeping synth strokes and psychedelic guitar — all strengths of their eponymous debut.

Although a mere morsel, Dot Hacker is a satisfying amuse-bouche for the pending full-length Inhibition. The songs are layered with sounds, sometimes conflicting, often with a nod to the Cocteau Twins with trace amounts of Death Cab for Cutie.

More lynchpin cred for Danger Mouse.

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