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Verdure “Cross and Satellite Station” [Lexicon Devil]

Wordy-gurdy poem-ramble drift-rock. Second generation
hippy, Donovan Quinn is up Walnut Creek without a
sandalwood incense stick. Laconic, ironic vocals over
strumbly guitar gets to the heart of most of these songs.
Occasionally something spikes that heart, like electric
spiders that string out on #3 and #5! Track #7 adds
piano treacles and melodica trickles then ends with
heavy breathing accidental beatbox. On #9, guitar drops
some wah-wah while violin delay skitters and then those
spiders return with a vengeance! Kudos for unapologetic
use of falsetto on several songs. This is a rerelease
of his initial album. From what we find here and with
connections to the Jeweled Antler Collective (Quinn
is in the Skygreen Leopards), I’m curious where his
trajectory takes him. While lyrics arrange mirrors and
vultures, this is not necessarily music to watch your
own death by?

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 31, 2004 at 2:42 am
  • Filed as Format,A Library,CD
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  • Mylab s/t [Terminus Records]

    Keyboardist Wayne Horvitz went Snake Pliskin from NYC
    some time ago and has helped spark a remarkable scene
    in Seattle. Tucker Martine is one of the less covert
    masters of the intangible, his production skills
    glisten on every track here. While the album starts
    out with some deep-fried rhythm and blues (not mere
    watered down R&B) by the end of the album we’re no
    longer in Kansas…nor New York nor Seattle. Cameo
    creme from folks like gypsy Eyvind Kang (#6!!),
    recent KFJC visitor Skerik, former Ponga pal Bobby
    Previte, Bill Frisell fret fritters. Briggan Krauss
    flamethrows on the noisiest track here (#11-my fave).
    Even the banjo and dobro of Danny Barnes somehow fit
    into the Mylab sink. The expansive palette and crew of
    cameos may prevent Mylab from reaching any consistent
    orbit (soundtracks sure would be a nice experiment.)
    Trust in Tucker for the touch-ups.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 24, 2004 at 4:42 pm
  • Filed as Format,CD,Jazz
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  • Pastels, the “The Last Great Wilderness” [Geographic]

    Scottish pop band led by Stephen Pastel release this
    sdtk on his own label. The film, a Scottish independent
    as well, gets a lot of comparisons to “The Wicker Man.”
    It would be nice to see it (because of that reference &
    to see how well things work here.) The cover of Sly and
    the Family Stone’s “Everybody is a Star” leaves little
    discernible buzz. Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker croons on the
    last track. Going with the non vocal tracks I think
    is the best bet here. “Flora’s Theme” gets briefly
    haunted by “Tubular Bells” and “Dark Vincente” has a
    sort of Harold Budd chill to it. Basically any time
    the ghost of glockenspiel shows up, we get pretty
    waiting-for-trouble music. Katrina Mitchell’s non
    lyric vocalizing I should say are most welcome on
    various tracks, and maybe that account for elements
    of Wickery, but really this is a clean and curvy
    soundtrack to an upscale bar with John McEntire mixing
    drinks and sound. S’alright.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 24, 2004 at 1:33 am
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  • Boris “Akuma No Uta” [Fangs Anal Satan]

    Although they are not as well known as such Japanese underground
    heavyweights as Fushitsusha or High Rise, Boris (yes, the name was
    inspired by the Melvins? song) have been producing high quality heavy
    psych/rock/doom/drone for more than a decade. The highlights of the
    album are the lengthy tracks that begin each side. ‘Introduction? (on
    the A-side, naturally) is an incredible, heavy feedback drenched, doom
    droner. The B-side’s, ‘Naki Kyoku? is a heavy psych epic that features
    some awesome guitarwork. The remaining four, shorter tracks are all
    heavy rockers, with some being in the slow grind vein and others
    being more punkish, up tempo scorchers. Stylistically, this is certainly
    their most varied release to date and, perhaps, their best, as well. Play!
    DL

  • Reviewed by Daryl Licht on March 6, 2004 at 12:54 am
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