Album Review

Bloodthirsty Lovers – “Delicate Seam, the ” – [French Kiss Records]

mitch   8/30/2006   A Library, CD

Savory, memorable and texturally adventurous second release
from David Shouse (GRIFTERS, THOSE BASTARD SOULS), Steve
Selvidge (BIG ASS TRUCK) and Kevin March (DAMBUILDERS,
GUIDED BY VOICES), a trio who seem to radiate outward in
concentric musical rings, while at the same time eluding easy
melodic summary. Shouse, who considers the BLOODTHIRSTY
project as much fun as ‘my rehab stint out of the numbing
world of major label sickness?, recorded this loose and keyboard-
drenched effort at home in Memphis, with assistance from pianist
Ross Rice (JILL SOBULE) and alluring vocalist Katie Eastburn (of
YOUNG PEOPLE) on # 8’s ‘Medicated?. LANGUAGE # 6
Spacious, digitally smooth/spontaneous, sarcastic/sincere,
romantic/self-deprecating and always deliciously amorphous,
the BLOODTHIRSTY LOVERS successfully combine veteran
acumen with an eclectic + contemporaneous sense of vision
that completely ignores genre continence or simplistic
categorization. Great stuff, this second one.

MITCH January 2005

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