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Phantom Family Halo, The – “Raven Town Witch” – [Sophomore Lounge]

Thurston Hunger   11/4/2015   12-inch, A Library

Excellent work from Dominic Cipolla and pals. Cipolla’s polite and
creepy butler vocals are just one element of the glory here. Riffage
is varied but right on target, dropping dance beats in with some old
molten blues (remolded beyond easy recognition on the lead-off track).
Guitars swirl in from the 60’s, I swear there’s a hint of Sparks at play
here as well. “Serene Eye” has killer dramatic flourishes including
a burning chorus staked out at the end. The title track is a straightforward
Frankie and Annette kind of number. But then look out, I’m not sure
what to call “Down on the Streets” but excellent. Glam-damaged pop
percolating! The B-side is a bit more subtle, the A-side
is flat-out B-witching and B-yootiful! Viva Lousville!
-Thurston Hunger

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