The Rip Off Artists
Esque (Ripped Off Music
Mainstream contemporary pop fans may be puzzled by the opening track, "Intro/Normal People," but indie-pop devotees will be all ears. These are genuinely cool tunes spliced with unpredictable interludes and European sensibilities. Loosely wound rhythms and harmonies tweak the imagination in "The Present Tense" and "The Girl Behind the Bar." The duo pulls off in the studio what most bands hope to capture live: a note of spontaneity and shared experience of the moment.
Ironically, lead vocalist Batchelder, who has collaborated on a number of CDs, may not be gigging soon, stating that he can't wait to get on to the next studio project. Regardless, The Rip Off Artists possess the musicianship and vocal chops to steal the show. Listeners should be satisfied by this clever twist on a boy-loses-girl musical romp from the burlesque minds of a couple of unpretentious fellows.