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Issue Date: August 2004 Issue

Local Sounds

New Planet Trampoline The Curse of the New Planet Trampoline

New Plant Trampoline's full-length debut disc is a heap of psychedelic rock 'n' roll that pumps plenty of vintage organ sounds, skittering guitar runs and heady background effects across its 11 tracks. Fronted by guitarist and vocalist Matt Cassidy (also of Cleveland's The Volta Sound), New Planet Trampoline delivers an analog-washed offering that could have been beamed directly from the heart of the '60s garage-psych movement. The band stays tethered to a retro-rock core and shines on tracks such as "Whirlpool Clyde" and "ESP Medallion," but fans will have their own favorites and the 40-minute disc is best consumed whole. For optimal enjoyment, give this one a late-night listen through your favorite set of headphones.

Jann Klose Black Box EP

Jann Klose spent a year in Cleveland at age 16 as a foreign-exchange student. During his stay, he taught himself to play guitar and piano while immersing himself in the sounds of America's great songwriters. The German-born musician launched his career here when he moved to the U.S. a few years later. His success eventually led him to New York City, where he recorded this four-song disc — a startlingly fresh blend of pop, blues, rock and jazz that provides the perfect showcase for lose's powerful, emotive voice. The title track carves a catchy, jazz-tinged composition out of a whirring electric organ and galloping acoustic guitar line, while "Fever In My Heart" is a melodic acoustic guitar- and piano-driven track that shows Klose's deft ability to merge his powerful voice with veteran songwriter sensibilities.

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