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    Can’t – “New Secret ” – [Rrrecords]

    Bostonian Jessica Rylan is the one who “Can’t”. This album
    feels like a study in sonic nodal interference. All but one
    of the tracks prominently feature choppiness, she is only
    coming through in waves, her lips move…erp, sorry about
    that. You *can* hear what she is saying, but the vocal
    diffraction distraction forces you focus more to pick up
    the thread of thought. First track features pillow talk over
    a faulty pilot light, a lullabye pyre? Between the flickering
    flames she exhorts “Don’t be the one to tell the Secret.” On
    “Wishing Well” her voice is further tortured, this time by
    squelch and feedback, in the middle the chaos subsides and
    we get two couplets before more blissful bristle, eventually
    she dives into the well. “Driving in the Rain” is a flutey
    sorbet to cleanse the palate with a little-engine-that-could
    plucky melody. On “The Way Home” we actually hear the sheets
    of static rain that thicken at times getting windshield-wiped
    away for more distorto-whispers. Her approach reminds me of
    Jesse Quattro except Rylan’s underlying human content is
    sweeter, only the electronics instill the aggression. The
    closer, “Casting a Spell” starts with a rhythm akin to an
    old Ford Fairlane I use to have… this one goes the distance,
    again scrambled intentions diffracted to hide the deeply
    personal right out there in the noisy open. Extra credit
    for introverts…

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 13, 2005 at 12:50 am
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