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MATES OF STATE

Re-Arrange Us

2008-05-15

This is the fifth album from the keys/drums duo, which consists of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. Although conceived as a duo, they have never failed to generate a trademark wall of sound built on dozens of varied voicings of keys, drums, and alternately lushly layered and playfully dueling vocals. On their own, their voices are unique, but it’s when their voices come together that provides a beautiful harmonization…and this sound is the next stage of Mates Of States’ evolution. Their song-craft has matured, and the traditional organ has been replaced by synths and organic piano. Mates Of State will be touring all summer, including an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago towards the end of the tour. Reviewed By LaRae

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