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    Vacuum Tree Head – “Thirteen” – [Pest Colors Music]

    Music in a blender, sometimes you just grab everything you can find,
    pineapples, prog rock, orange juice, female harmonies, some 70’s
    guitar, a few drops of old port, ice, warped intergalactic communications,
    a Quinn/Martin production filmed in Micronesia but dubbed in Spanish
    …and that only covers the first half of the album. This is what
    happens when an inspired sonic scientist (Jason Berry) surrounds
    himself with a ton of talented Bay Area folks, and he tries to give
    them all a chance to display their dance moves on a surprisingly
    short musical-chairs kinda album. Hell, just spend a few minutes
    scanning over the artwork, and you can feel the creativity bursting
    out. Shouts especialamente to vocalistas Lucey Foley and Sylvia Gordon
    (their presence makes this a very different VTH) and Justin Markovits
    is a boulder behind the drums. Massive. KFJC has hit a lot of great
    Cambodian/Thai retro-pop heavily, and this 2009 album should trigger
    that reflex and a whole lot more. For all it’s vibrant fanflare, this
    CD is fleet…gone in a mere 21 minutes (and 15 songs at that). For
    people who don’t thrive on the weird as much as I, if you blur your
    eyes/ears a little this is a pretty dangtastic pop album. Made me
    remember my nights spent on Hoppy Kamiyama’s God Mountain years ago.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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