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Hideous Men + Milton Melvin Croissant III

The less-is-more idea works for this three-song split between Laser Palace proprietors Kristi Schaefer and Ryan McRyhew as Hideous Men and frequent collaborator Milton Melvin Croissant III, with a quick but deep look into some gorgeous electronic landscaping. Hideous Men's rave-ish throwback "Sirens" works off a humbleness in Schaefer's vocals, injecting realness into the old idea of the vacant trance anthem. But that's not to say that the sounds surrounding her diva moments are empty: Multi-instrumentalist McRyhew carries the love song away with modular-synth sincerity. MMCIII's side of the cassette is purely atmospheric, a step away from his usual DIY-Springsteen style. "Starcraftz" bubbles like a rainforest sound machine from one of those nature stores of a shopping mall's past, soothing and gurgling into relaxed oblivion. Croissant is also the artist behind the split's cover — an homage to three-dimensional clothing worn by the Sims of yore.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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