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A recent review:
"Weird, wild and rather imaginative, Small Mammal is an ever-changing electronic symphony with a penchant for re-imagining otherwise normal, everyday ambient sounds into catalysts of melodic progression. Using only guitar, drums, synths and "warped field recordings", Small Mammal's creator, Matt Terrell taps into something visceral with this album. His ability to evoke emotion with simplicity reminds me of some of the work of Philip Glass (coincidentally one of Terrell's listed influences), but goes a step beyond Glass. Where I find Glass to be too rigid and limited in his progression, Terrell is wonderfully fluid and seems to delight in constantly pushing the music forward. A little more aggressive in his pacing than say for example, Pink Floyd, Terrell builds his songs in a similar fashion, allowing them plenty of room to grow and mutate. And as a result of the entirely instrumental nature of Small Mammal, the arrangements and directions of the songs are unfettered by the limitations of a structure of choruses and verses, allowing for more latitude. On the other hand, Terrell gets a little crazy in some of his drum lines, whipping out some terrific breakbeats reminiscent of Aphex Twin, The Chemical Brothers, Wagon Christ and even Squarepusher. Putting an afro-beat spin on a few tracks doesn't hurt either, and causes some great danceable moments on an album otherwise not geared towards the club crowd. As a non-musical friend of mine put it (as Small Mammal was on in the background), "It sounds like that Baby Einstein music, only for really crazy babies." While I could see what he meant (and he DID mean it as a compliment), I don't advise putting this album on the stereo at naptime."