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Miniature American Model Society

by Cari Clara

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On Miniature American Model Society, Cari Clara fuses natural lo-fi sounds, vintage instruments and special effects for an aesthetic that runs the gamut of both old and new. These songs are emotional photographs, born of pounding, tribal beats, subtly building melodies and a sonorous hum that mounts with each instrumental layer. Frontman Eric Diedrichs finds a fullness in tonal minimalism, in part owing to his ethereal, wind-riding vocals, but also due to his talent for patterning simple musical movements in such a way as to make something more of them. "I set out to create something that moved me, something that excited me, something that hurt me each time I heard it" says Diedrichs. There's plenty here to suggest that we're watching a promising career unfold. Exquisite, mesmerizing, futuristic melancholy never felt this good. (DER-491)

"Eric Diedrichs has a number of things going for him, not the least of which is a rare falsetto that actually carries clear through a song and makes him sound like Thom Yorke of Radiohead. He also knows how to pick his influences. He may lean too heavily on them, but he's still pulling from the right well. Miniature American Model Society opens with Deliverinstant, which begins with ominous electronic background noise, then shifts into sledgehammer percussion and heavily reverbed guitars and vocals. The record shows a good deal of variety, turning to pop-psychedelia as Deliverinstant bleeds smoothly into Statement of our Fear, and revealing jazz influences in Overwhelming Heart, which later twists into a bleakly seductive final refrain. Cruel Was the Lesson is the starkest statement: spare and echoing pianos and Diedrichs's voice sound like they're reverberating in the hole that was left when something was pulled out of his consciousness. The album's real prize is closer Hunt for the Kill. A heavily distorted crunch drives the song at its chorus, and is replaced during the song's final movement by full keys and lyrics that call out for change and redemption. It's the type of ending that can elevate everything that preceded it. A record so heavily laden with synthetic reverberations, grinding pulses and heavily filtered lead vocals can't easily be dismissed as "raw", but the album's desire for genuine emotion and experience is so clear and unashamed that it's difficult to come up with a better description for its searching intensity." - Splendid

"Watch out Grant Lee Phillips...Cari Clara are coming to take away your electro chill out-pop crown. Anchored by propulsive laptop beats and saturated with synth strings and colorful loops, Miniature American Model Society adds jangly guitars and tenor vocals to shame Elbow's brethren at the "futuristic melancholy" game. Atmospheres breathe between grooves, hooks submerge only to surface when most appropriate." - Transform

"Let me tell ya, Miniature American Model Society rocks really frickin' hard. Behind almost every track there is a contagious, pulsating drum beat and pumping guitar rhythm heavy on the effects, driving each song from start to finish. Cari Clara seduces listeners with his brooding, liquid melodies and lyrics molded perfectly into each song. It's amazing that the whole album was recorded and mixed by Eric Diedrichs himself. Listen to the album at least once through headphones, he says. 'You can really piece it apart when it's that separated from ear to ear.' (from an interview in The Cincinnati Enquirer) The overall sound of the record is floaty and hypnotic, but will still most definitely rock you out." - Rainy Dawg

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released August 13, 2004

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Track Name: Deliverinstant
Within without distant we are as you're told the lines feel comfortable a little closer to the edge could be wonderful form the condition to our own demolition designed our religion to enforce a decision we let it come we let it come we let it come a little closer to the edge to the edge we run breathe in collapse face down relax as you know the signs are obvious a little closer to the edge they will envy us save the ovation for your own deviations pressures contagious as you roll through the ages we let it come we let it come we let it come a little closer to the edge to the edge we run
Track Name: Statement Of Our Fears
They say they say that it would sound clear so why couldn't I hear they say they say that it would sound clear so why couldn't I hear I'm climbing the walls I'm singing it all loud and clear so everyone can hear the statement of our fears it's nice to know you're near they say they say that it would sound clear so why couldn't I hear they say they say we don't belong here so why couldn't I hear I'm climbing the walls I'm singing it all loud and clear so everyone can hear the statement of our fears it's nice to know you're near so everyone can hear a statement for their fears so wounds could start to heal it's nice to know you feel
Track Name: Pulse
Pulse accelerating idol thoughts are turning over in my head nerves display a knife to hold a spastic trigger to control instead can everyone feel this can everyone feel this pulse pulse exaggerated pounding knots of isolation through my veins mind to signal heart to hold this noxious vigor in controlled dismay can anyone feel this can everyone feel this does anyone feel this can everyone feel this pulse pulse pulse...there's nothing I can do devoid of something left to lose I'd give my life to feel like new like you pulse
Track Name: Overwhelming Heart
Life with an overwhelming heart burdens the soul who owns it hopeless to never know what you are guilty of giving in to love is like giving in to grief how long am I to wait this volume I can't contain fear is the most consuming part pushing the door to open what will I do if I can't fight the undertow slipping in too far is like welcoming defeat how long am I to wait this volume I can't contain left with the stitches torn apart black as the ocean between the stars I have an overwhelming heart cold is the air in which we start stripped from the mother there we are left with an overwhelming heart I have an overwhelming heart
Track Name: The Inside
Would you say you've gotten everything you've wanted fantasize you're happy where you've been deserted shallow feet beneath your soul a tomb too beautiful I know I won't recover I feel the calm where I belong on the inside on the inside memories collected patiently conserving an alibi to cloud suspicious eyes comes haunting shallow sleep to mute this low sex to feed control I know i'm going to suffer I feel the calm where I belong on the inside on the inside the years have come since I've been on the inside on the inside
Track Name: Phono
I'd do anything to calm the enemy in all of us I've had enough some form of levity we'll leave it underneath with everyone that can't evolve we've come this far for something I find it hard to understand that we mean nothing that we'd mean nothing in the end here it's halloween every day for you and me we'll cover up the scars and stuff we need a remedy a truth we all believe can save us all no chemicals we've come this far for something I find it hard to understand that we'd mean nothing we'd mean nothing in the end I've come this far for something I find it hard to understand that we mean nothing that we mean nothing that we'd mean nothing in the end
Track Name: Release Me
Something tells me wait for the fall but you won't tell me nothing at all like an island in my hand this is weight you can't understand release me release me I would never make a sound wake me when this comes to an end I've given all I'm willing to spend never was there calm before a storm that has no strength anymore release me release me release me I would never make a sound
Track Name: We're The Pollution
Nothing's simple short of breathing in and out again we're the pollution turning daylight into night hoping it's all lost it's all lost bury the vision build a tomb in black and white sulking small revolutions spin beliefs that won't give back nothing it's all lost it's all lost we're the pollution we're the pollution nothing's simple short of breathing in and out again we're the pollution dyeing seas and oceans black sunken it's all lost it's all lost we're the pollution we're the pollution
Track Name: Cruel Was The Lesson
We are stars to shame the night we all want love that once we knew cruel was the lesson too difficult to lose from burden we've fought we're learning from lost love feed the scarred to rape divine we all want love that once we knew cruel was the lesson too difficult to use from burden we fought we're learning from lost love waste breeds want feeding fat with envy overdose leading down my tongue to tangle with the words I've sung bleed the heart that dares define the loss inside of all of us we all want love that once we knew cruel was the lesson too difficult to lose
Track Name: Hunt For The Kill
I'd save it all but what for fire like a flare till I don't wanna try anymore you are the hunt for the kill you are a beautiful thrill why tell us the outcome try it for yourself it never really hurts anyone you are the hunt for the kill you are the numb from the pills you are the hunt for the kill you are a beautiful thrill call out for patience self mutilation beg it to stop a dam to an ocean caught in a web a generation destined to sell the soul of the nation warped to an angle stuffed in a coffin cut from the forest choking and coughing left is a carbon a latent image a ring of smoke a drift as a signal a laceration from penetration a warning sign to change our position is nothing changing you must be joking a far cry from what we were hoping it won't stop from this path the crime scene's a blood bath take word from my mouth take the heart and cut it out you are the hunt for the kill