See also "Posters" and "FREEBIES".
Release: IPR IPCD 27, no date on CD
Darker than the first single. The songs feel very "maple" to me: sweet but with a very rich, earthy undercurrent. There aren't a lot of bright hooks (though there are some catchy moments) and the vocalist is a little on the atonal/drawly side, but several of the songs (especially the uptempo ones) get the head bobbing. [3-2]
This is the case for many of IPR's bands: they provide excellent textural background, with not much focus on foreground melodies. I like it this way. You can get tired of hearing melodies, just like you can get tired of "experiencing" the same plot over and over again in movies and books. The best art, in my opinion, savors the low-level details such as rhythm, dialog, and cinemetography, rather than merely using them to communicate some high-level "gestalt" like plot, melody, moral, etc. Of course, other people might value the Big Picture more highly than I do. These people will tend to favor top-40 music and light reading, and are probably not reading this. :)
By the way, I enjoy listening to texture-oriented groups such as Phish, Can, or the Chameleons for hours and hours on end. You can pack 10 hours of MP3s on a CD! I believe it's the LACK of up-front melodies that makes these marathon listenings fun. The downside, of course, is that if you only have one or two albums by an artist, you can't get much of a marathon going. Hopefully this Encyclopedia will make it easier for us to collect LOTS of IPR music so that we can build up some IPR marathon CDs. :)
Release: Rockville Records 6079-2
Release: Rockville Records 6133-2