Album Review

Sunflower Logic, The – “Clouds On The Polar Landscape” – [Pink Banana]

Thurston Hunger   4/26/2013   A Library, CD

Embrace the mystique. Do the imperial. Hologram shards and
baseball cards. It’s the old new Guided by Voices by any other
name, perceive the Sunflower Logic. The high school marching band
assembled under a sky overcrowded by interplanetary starships,
it’s “UFO Night.” Ramshackle rococo. Limited edition, unlimited
sedition. I was supposed to be on the wagon, but the truth is
I frequently down a couple of Pollard pop brews whenever
the searchlights sweep away. Is it wrong for my favorite thing
here to be the fake insert catalog of other imaginary bands on the
Pink Banana label? Five cuts, “UFO Nights” stalls in the middle,
distortion and conspiracy rule the night. “I Wanna Marry Your Sister”
lonely boy and cat phone message to start, that confesional mic??
style plus??percussive bad electronics over broken-hearted guitar.
“I Was A Boy” sputters like Ate It Twice, firecracker guitar
cable zaps arc the wizard. “Felt Stars” sci-fi piano and Robert
Pollards voice full of triumph and regret, like all those old
roman emperors. “Fuck You Mr. Smith” revenge on a middle school
gym teacher? It clocks in at a GBV prorated epic 4.5 minutes, but
that includes the tacked on drum major and band at the end.
Recorded in his home cockpit studio, the Public Hi-Fi Balloon,
Pollard floats more ideas in a two minute song on a knock-off
EP than your dirty neighbors float germs in public pool across
town. Take a dip.

-Thurston Hunger (placing this album in KFJC’s library as bait for erstwhile KFJC DJ Harry Haller)

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