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People Of The North

Deep Tissue

12" LP

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Started by Kid Millions and Bobby Matador of Oneida, People of the North is an ongoing but sporadic outgrowth of that restlessly experimental Brooklyn assemblage. It has always included Kid and Bobby, and usually other members of Oneida as well. While there are no clearly defined boundaries separating POTn from Oneida, it might be fair to say that the music is more staunchly devoted to minimalism, repetition, improvisation, and sternness than the wide-ranging efforts of the big brother band.


People of the North's Deep Tissue wasn't so much a side project of jam-loving Brooklyn undergrounders Oneida as an extension of their mission. Featuring only Oneida members, headed by drummer Kid Millions and keyboardist Bobby Matador, and including newest recruit Shahin Motia, formerly of Ex Models, the disc's 36 minutes sound very much like the band that spawned these musicians. The trio lights out for territories suggested by the band's sprawling Rated O, released the year before. Stripped of Hanoi Jane's locked-in guitar riffs, the music surrenders more fully to Millions' pulse, with vocals drifting in on three of the four tunes in typical Oneida manner: layered in reverb above an unbroken throb, such that the tunes still scan mostly as instrumentals. On "Summer Leaves," the effect is almost Eno-esque. In some places, like the 14-and-a-half-minute closer, "Over Me," it's not particularly necessary. Still, People of the North's ambitions are winning ones, even as the trio dabbles in sweeping progscapes like the half-narrated "The Vastest Island," ultimately coming out on top through sheer love of the jam.

Additional Information

Artist People Of The North
Track Listing 1 Tunnels - 6:31 2 The Vastest Island - 9:50 3 Summer Leaves - 5:38 4 Over Me - 14:31

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