Beginning with a tick-tock slow guitar post-rock sound reminiscent of MGR, Larsgarden / Rowenta?s sound seems on safe and palatable ground, although a little dry. An improvised plucking scaling a simple note structure, which twangs over the plodding rhythm, elevates the piece. Various noise experiments drift in and out over an analogue hiss that wavers throughout. The second piece is the longest of this pocket-sized 3? CD-R. Reminiscent of early Mogwai, a cute sounding girl is recorded amongst tweeting birds and accompanied by drifting a guitar melody. Soon various soundscapes are crafted through field recordings and synth work. The track suddenly explores Kraut territory with pulsing dub electonics and drones. The field recordings then close the session with predictable inevitability. Track three jitters in a harmonic vocal and guitar duet. The sound is somewhere between Lichens and Fennesz, blissfully bubbling a mini pop/glitch gem. More field recording of birds and, nothing in particular, interrupt proceedings and introduce the penultimate track. These sounds dissolve leaving room for a clear keyboard sound that drifts with a mesmerising lullaby that would sit well on the Morr music label. Once again this is broken by field recordings that feel unnecessary. Finally muted voices appear as a neighbours television through thin walls. This persists for 2 minutes before a sweet twinkling melody ends proceedings on a light, cheerful note.
Ultimately I found this record a little retired. It felt like lots things but devoid of its own identity. The ideas worked OK and the sound was ultimately, OK. Everything was just OK. The musicians manage to mix mediocrity into a something tired, but with a glint of prettiness. 5/10 -- Peter Taylor (24 September, 2008)