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    Huguenor, Mike – “Bardamu” – [Suitors Club Records]

    huegenor
    You know the girl who finally gives in to the nice guy who
    stands outside her window for months through rain and peer
    derision? I’ve never been that girl, but this album sorta
    turned me into her. Huguenor’s voice and the lyrics, and
    one suspects his life-force, exude a kind of earnestness
    that kind of kicked me back to my KFJC childhood. When
    labels like Shrimper and Squealer looked you in the eye
    and even your GrandMa would listen in and say “At least
    that’s a song…” So you’ve got a clean electric guitar
    and some simple homemade 4-track drum tap-tap accompaniment
    and Huguenor’s mind/voice/being. His anguish fights back
    instead of settling into apathy or blitzkrieg’s noise.
    He even pulls in some horn charts for the focused piece
    here, “Agues” which comes after a sort of guitar maj7th
    see saw intro. He spells “Bourgeois” correctly, he only
    says “Fuckin'” once (on “Great Plans”) and he means it.
    He yells “Yeah” before going into the outro of the
    country-tinged “Montreal” And again, it appears he means
    it. He uses repetition of words to hit on a point but
    not necessarily harp on it. The album might be a reference
    to Celine’s “Journey to the End of the Night.” I didn’t care
    for the book that much, but I admire the effort. Reviewing
    the lyrics (thanks bandcamp) perhaps Huguenor suffers more
    misanthropically than the toe-tapping ditties had
    me believe. Maybe he’ll be your Mountain Goats, putting
    out a 10″ record alone is a smart sign of hope.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,A Library
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