Corey Sathoff: Troubling Times (Jealousy Recordings)

All in all, Troubling Times introduces you to an interesting musician and leaves you wanting more—just what a good EP is supposed to do.

This self-released six-song CD from the former singer of late ’90s alt-country/bar band Jerkwater Junction shows a pleasing range of sounds and styles. A backing Casiotone lends an ’80s feel to the upbeat opening track, “Full Speed Lobotomy.” “Everybody Loves a Circus” is a four-line, 39-second gem utilizing vocal distortions and a gong. More in the straight-ahead alt-rock vein is “Rescue Dogs,” a very catchy song that hearkens to early R.E.M. “Cryptic Eucalyptus” is a stripped-down acoustic guitar number with a gentle organ. “(theramin)” is just that: a theramin playing a squeaky “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The final song, “Diamond Surprise,” showcases Saathoff’s rough-edged alt-country voice, its mellow ramble briefly interrupted by a straight-shooting bit of guitar work and a bridge. All in all, Troubling Times introduces you to an interesting musician and leaves you wanting more—just what a good EP is supposed to do.

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