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Mates of State: Ha Ha

 
Mates of State
"Ha Ha"

Take one organ, one drum kit, and the intricate weave of husband and wife vocalists, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, and then step back and marvel at the sound generated by just two pairs of hands and the duo's harmonizing vocals.

With the song, 'Ha Ha', which opens their third official release, 'Team Boo', Mates of State have proven any detractors wrong - by continuing to build on their minimalist approach and not 'thinning' out over the long haul. By using tasteful, but 'understated overdubs' (if that isn't an oxymoron, it sure as hell sounds like one - or a new hihp hop crew out of NYC) and enlisting producer Jim Eno (Spoon's drummer) they have continued to hold the interest of listeners and themselves, evidenced by their steady growth since bounding onto the indie scene in 2000, with 'My Solo Project'.

Alan Williamson
*Sixeyes
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