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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
Although the name sounds like a sport that Uncle Scrooge takes private lessons in every weekend, that’s exactly what this indie-pop duo from Denver mocks. Alaina Moore, one half of the duo, once teased her now-husband Patrick Riley, the other half, about his “elitist” college pastime.
Amazingly, the couple began writing and recording songs together after an eight-month sailing trip along the East Coast. Each one, named after a stop on the voyage, recounts the couples’ experiences along the way. From the sentimental yearning to return to “South Carolina,” and the narrow last-minute escape from “Marathon,” to the despair over being unemployed newlyweds in “Baltimore,” Alaina’s vocals are as captivating as her lyrics are concise. Take the latter’s B section, for example, when she repeatedly belts out the simple plea, “Can we get a job?” with a simple yet bizarre melody that so perfectly expresses her frustration.
The production is kept simple as well, harking back to the purer recording days (and girl groups) of the 60s. Patrick’s guitars are somehow jangly and atmospheric all at once, but wisely never take the spotlight.