Album Review

Walker, Russell / Melchior, Dan – “Sad Son In Law” – [kill shaman]

Naysayer   7/7/2014   7-inch, A Library

Dan Melchior, everyman super musician, harkening back to Billy Childish and then to his own many incarnations, has always had a nod to the off kilter sound, whether it be twangy bluesish guitar stylings or all out found sound wackiness. This nice two song 45 on kill shaman records is again a shift in the sound that Melchior is traveling around with. Co conspirator Russell Walker is no slouch on the music scene. Of Phermomoans and others fame, Walker is the inspired anti-lyricist and vocalist that speaks the new text of the anti-scene. Sounding frighteningly like Genesis P. Orridge, his sing talk of parodying British lifestyle fits hand in glove with Melchior’s surprisingly quite subdued instrumentation on these two cuts. “Sad Son In Law” has a hint of Kraut rock styling in its minimal repetitiveness along with a nod to Velvet Underground two chord guitar styling. Walker’s singing (dual voice recordings) tells the tale through and around the quiet instruments. “I Could Sit Here Forever” starts with a simple drum beat than droning accordion while Walker sings of the reasons he could sit here forever. Is it too obvious to say, “Pull up a chair and join in”? Well, I said it.

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