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Among The Rectangles & Changeable Parts (oh Danger)

Hunter Embry

Louisville's leading experimental pop rock group, Cabin, made a name for itself with its 2005 debut, Govern the Good Life. The album introduced a somewhat familiar blend of relaxed, melancholic songs drenched in reverb and filled with heartfelt lyrics.

Singer/songwriter, Noah Hewitt-Ball has spent nearly five years keeping Cabin a solid structure while having to replace every other original member. With a new cast and new sound, Hewitt-Ball and Cabin, version 2.0, have finished and released Among The Rectangles & Changeable Parts an engaging set of polished and seemingly perfect songs.

Because the album was recorded by drummer Dave Chale at his local DeadBird Studio, Hewitt-Ball, Chale, violinist Sarah Welder and bassist Billy Lease had the time and financial freedom to create an album of unrivaled production, pressured only by eager fans.

With "Among the Rectangles," the album's first single (currently on heavy rotation at WFPK), the band creates a racing audible journey that seamlessly pushes through sticky melodies, a rushing rhythm section and frantic violin lines. The track is grounded only by Hewitt-Ball's lyrics, which are rooted deeply in sociological observation.

The lyrics on "Pundits of Rhetoric" are carved in similar cultural criticism, but musically, Cabin takes a dramatic, yet relaxing turn. The track is anchored by a gullible acoustic guitar and bending keys that bear a small resemblance to modern Iron and Wine recordings.

The rest of Among the Rectangles & Changeable Parts is tightly stuffed with beautifully dramatic songs, warm tones, mind-stretching lyrics and melodies that stick around long after the album ends, that is, of course if one is able to listen just once. Just as it did in 2005, Cabin was able to meticulously create an album that far exceeds expectations of Louisville popular music.

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