The fact that Matthew Dear_s second-ever release as Jabberjaw (and his ﬁrst for Spectral Sound) is called The Garden of Eden is no mistake-the music reﬂects a back-to-basics approach, displaying bracingly minimal textures and primal repetition in a way that makes Dear?s Jabberjaw alias unique. “A Goat on Fire in the Garden of Eden” opens the EP on an absurdist note, as a gently scuffed kick drum gets company from a barnyard_s worth of odd, rhythmic sounds, from a slowed-down glass harmonica to a monster with the hiccups. It gets noisy in there, but Jabberjaw keeps things loose and funky underneath the polyrhythmic melee. “The Connie Shake” is a shaggy-limbed take on soul, featuring a pared-down beat, some lite-jazz keys, and an eerie police siren. “Safety Flirt” is The Garden of Eden EP?_ strangest and most compelling moment, dripping tiny squelches and snare hits into the spaces within a sly, slinky micro-beat. The song gains momentum as the off-beats accumulate, turning a simple minimal house beat into a hissing, burbling serpent of a track.
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