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    Father Murphy – “Pain Is On Our Side Now” – [Aagoo Records]

    I’m not sure if the verbal concept here is a lot of Papal Bull
    or just Father Murphy getting irreverent. I get that Failure is
    a good thing, it’s all the Pain/Shame stuff that evaporates
    my holy water, that being said the album is definitely a
    success on sound alone. And since I’m limited at home by
    a single turntable, I didn’t get to try out the mechanical
    concept, where these two single-sided 10″ records could be
    played at the same time. KFJC has a trinity of turntables so
    I expect our DJs will be mixing and backward masking like the
    renegade heretics we are. Each side starts with an industrial
    music call to prayer. Side A with a siren/fog horn blast and
    Side B with breaking glass. Each Side has two songs, with
    some lyrics on A2, and quite the dream machine slice and
    dice vocals on B1, my favorite piece that has no peace. A
    woman’s shrill but strong voice is cut and pasted with the
    same jagged edge of that broken glass that failure produced
    but perhaps Father Murphy is healing together again. If you
    are keeping score, the banshee is Ezra Buchla from Gowns.
    Side B closes with a smooth steady industrial hum of the earth.
    Back on Side A, the two songs felt like three (the failure,
    the sun and the holy smoke?) Some very dramatic drums on A1,
    and on A2 some guitar lost in a lighthouse. I remember
    hearing synth that sounded like it had a flame ignition
    pilot at some point, maybe a clarinet exorcism too? I must
    confess my Father Murphy worship has been sinfully abstemious
    in the past that, I vow on my vinyl rites to say five Our
    Father Murphies and play 3 LPs.

    -Brother Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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