The Caring Babies, Butter on the Trestle/Pliable Tones, The Lost Adventures of the Space Patrol
(Robot Octopus Vs. Zombie Teddy Bears Records, CD, cassette, digital download)
When last we heard from Matt Mazur and Redgei’s the Caring Babies, the White River Junction-based duo delivered a delightfully offbeat seven-inch, The Gold Friends. At a brisk four songs, the record was an exercise in experimental pop efficiency. It’s only logical, then, that they’d follow it up with a veritable epic, the 17-track Butter on the Trestle, a recording that picks up where that seven-inch left off and delves even further down the lo-fi electro-pop rabbit hole — with the aid of an array of musical tour guides, no less, including unicorns and robots. And beards. Long, luxurious beards.
But the Caring Babies are only half of the story.Butter on the Trestle is Side A of a split cassette with fellow Upper Valley oddball Pliable Tones — aka Fred Polizzi — who complements the Babies’ hefty volume with a sci-fi opus of his own, The Lost Adventures of the Space Patrol. But where Mazur and Redgei generally favor wistful pop couched in playful electronic bleeps and bloops, Polizzi takes a more sinister tack with ethereal suites that evoke the dark, synth-heavy soundtracks of 1980s sci-fi flicks such as Blade Runner and Escape From New York.