Ray, better known as Speculator ‘round these parts, has a knack for taking grade school milestones and turning them into music. And I’m not talking about really vibing on some nostalgic lyrics; I’m talking about making carefully composed full-lengths that feature the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, tap the essence of the ’80s Top 40, and capture the sentimental haze that grows with age– without sounding like some dick in a basement. From that description, Ray could very well be some dick in a basement. But he’s not. His music is not a chop job from between college classes; it’s a well-produced piece of our collective minds.