Posted by: Johnny Loftus on July 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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Music Tapes, “Minister of Longitude” (Merge, 2008)

Elephant 6 veteran Julian Koster put out a record as Music Tapes on Merge in 1999, but nothing more was heard from him or the group. Until now, that is. The nameplate is revived with Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, from which “Minister of Longitude” is the lead jam. It’s rattle-trap indie folk, full of what can only be described as whimsy (or maybe just Flaming Lips love), and while that can be a big turnoff — bigger even than the metronome that stars in this clip — Koster and his collaborators keep the hum and grind at the center of “Longitude” churning effectively. Best bit though: the dad dancing at the end of this video. — Johnny Loftus

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