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thirty two ways

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The best kept secret in music


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Only weeks ago, I assigned the words “fabulously maudlin” to local pop wranglers Thirty Two Ways. But after piping their debut EP Inception through my headphones, I’d add contrasting adjectives like “clean” and “simple” to their aural bill. And perhaps that’s why this quartet is so appealing: Their songs teeter between gamboling keyboard figures, occasionally heartbroken vocals and cheerfully relaxed guitar vacations, so easily.

Kelly Clarke
Willamette Week - Willamette Week

"musicfest NW write-up"

"Thirty Two Ways play sugary, Psychedelic Furs-style pop with a synthy spoonful of post-punk minimalism. You've heard a dozen variations on the group's sound, but Thirty Two Ways ace in the hole is that the are just absolutely charming."

Casey Jarman - Willamette Week


"Prize/Til Now" two-songer, 2005
"Inception" E.P., 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


At once a mad scientist and calculating tunesmith, Adam Bartell has played with the Strand, managed Wow and Flutter and has probably done some other things he didn't tell us about. Fellow Wisconsinite (Wisconsonian?) Matt Daby is a grown-up skate punk who cut his teeth in a number of scrappy punk bands and now has to cope with with Adam's over-wrought pop sensibilities and Beatles fixation. Keyboadist Emily Prosch has an ear for melody and the heart for somber minor chords and lilting keyboard lines. Underlined by Steven Dutt's energetic bass parts, the band concocts a soundtrack of divergent pop sounds, decidely non-retro, yet still evocative of the last several decades of pop music.