Rainstick Cowbell: “Hand Over the Heart” is a perfect example of form with function

28 Sep

Portland, Oregon’s Scott Arbogast, aka Rainstick Cowbell, has released a fourth LP, entitled Hand Over the Heart. It is inherently difficult to classify or categorize; a musical document of pure, self-indulgent artistic expression. An appreciation of “Hand Over the Heart” might begin with Scott Arbogast’s voice: he possesses an astonishing range, and brilliant purity of tone, and at the same time he is capable of inflecting that tone with fine and sometimes bizarre nuances of emotion.

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