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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

REVIEW: The Bathtub Sophist - Music From An L-Shaped Room

The Bathtub Sophist - Music From An L-Shaped Room
2008, The Bathtub Sophist

New Zealand’s own Arron Stewart, AKA The Bathtub Sophist dishes up some unusual fare on Music From An L-Shaped Room. For lack of a better term, we'll call The Bathtub Sophist's style Rocktronica and leave it at that. The music is textured and interesting with layers of organic and electronic music rolled into one unique package. The sounds run from House to trippy keyboard/guitar based electronica. I found it an intriguing listen.

The Bathtub Sophist is highly unusual in another respect; holding entirely to the DIY spirit. His economic policy is Buskernomics. What this all means is that if you go to his website you can download his songs for absolutely free! If you like what you hear, you can throw some cash in the hat (electronically, of course), but you are under no obligation.

Music From An L-Shaped Room is a worthy project with a novel distribution/payment system. The Bathtub Sophist is an artist to watch, if only because his focus is on the art and creation of his music and the love of sharing it. The money is secondary, and that’s always a good sign.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about The Bathtub Sophist at, where you can also find instructions on how to download Music From An L-Shaped Room, as well as make contributions to support the ongoing art of The Bathtub Sophist.

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