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Jody Harris - It Happened One Nightdotdot
artworkJody Harris left the Ray Beats to go it alone. This is his album he cut in 1992. There are a couple of almost surfable instros, plus a few tracks of "difficult" music, and a handful of vocals of equally put-off-ish styling. From this release, it's clear where the harshness in the Ray Beats came from. The lineup on the LP is Jody Harris - guitar/vocals, David Hofstra - bass, and Don Christensen - drums, with added sax from Stanley Harrison and Richard Peck.
Picks: It Happened One Night, Mystic Mints, Fairly Modern, My Uncle Bill, Coal Black Mamas

Track by Track Review

It Happened One Night dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Shrill feedback, punctuated by a tuff reverb kick, segues to a feedback supported song with a rock beat and a coastal melody. It has the basic sound of the later period Ray Beats, with quite a bit of a surf feel. A fine track.

Mystic Mints dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a somewhat haunting song, moody and just a bit spooky. Not terribly melodic, more a kind of dank cellar ambient with just a hint of danger.

Fairly Modern dot
Near Industrial (Instrumental)

Angular splashy, disturbingly mathematical, non-melodic and more sounds emanating from instruments than music. "Fairly Modern" is hardly appealing.

My Uncle Bill dot
Near Industrial (Instrumental)

"My Uncle Bill" is a long and spooky construct, with eerie production. It's more of a soundscape than a song, though it's a little more musical than the previous track. Like "Fairly Modern," this is intentionally difficult, urban intellectual music, as opposed to pleasurable and/or enjoyable.

Coal Black Mamas dot
Near Industrial (Instrumental)

"Coal Black Mamas" is the kind of uneasy thing that industrial often is, with no real structure or melody line, just sounds layered to created a hopeless sense of mechanized eternity. Hardly enjoyable.