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Painted Faces – “Alone In My Head – A Painted Faces Primer 2009 – 2013” – [Gulcher Records]

Thurston Hunger   9/26/2013   A Library, CD

David Drucker doing his own thing between Miami and Brooklyn.
Man, I had to check the dates on this collection as it just
feels more like 1990’s lo-fi ramshackle action. His voice
splits time in two places as well, a high nasally ghost
region and a lower, kind of Robert Pollard as a gameshow
host baritone. Like GBV, Drucker and friends bury their pop
catchiness in twisted sounds and trampled tape. Take the
“Cathedral of Farts” (*please* take the title and the butthole
solo squirts that pop out 4 mins in). Followed by “Orthodontist
Waiting Room Music” with its rickety cheesey piano giving way
to sped-up, slow-down vocals and other muckery. The track after
that trades a slippery Kate Bush sample for a trebly bird in the
guitarist’s hand with retro-riff descending. Sloppiness is
paramount through out and typically it adds to the songs, while
reinforcing the overall don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. To wit:
“Fuck you, I’m not above personal jabs in my own songs”
from “Song for America” and “Perfect Song” too feels like its
more failed therapy and accepting the fact that this won’t be
a vinyl release, to add in 15 minutes of rambling work that is
not without its appeal, just without much mass appeal, even
for the good folks at Drag City. Still those two sprawling
numbers have nice moments. But the earlier tracks won me over
with thrift store keyboards, percussion stolen from slow-mo
drum machines, and bedroom guitar.
-Thurston Hunger

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