Album Title: Harsh Lenses Point Homeward EP
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Rock
Taking a step outside of the comforts of his band Knacker, Toronto singer Dean Marino made his very first solo effort sans "unwanted input or interruption" under the moniker ex~po. Merely the warm-up for a full-length available in January 2005, the "Harsh Lenses Point Homeward" EP is an indication of good things to come. Despite the fact that it was made in Marino's bedroom, it doesn't sound lo-fi in the way lo-fi has come to be known in recent years. The 5-song album is actually quite well recorded, with each hi-hat crash and every guitar line translating beautifully. Marino's sleepy voice is at times reminiscent of a Marc Bolan with more gusto, particularly on last track "Liddy", which isn't a bad thing at all. Putting his friends on the album cover, penning personal lyrics, and recording in seclusion all point to the conclusion that Marino reached his goal of axing input and interruption from the recording process, and from the sounds of things, he is perfectly capable on his own.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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