Album Review

Pink Reason – “Cleaning The Mirror ” – [Siltbreeze]

Max Level   5/28/2007   12-inch, A Library

Dark, downcast songs from Kevin DeBroux, aka Pink Reason. This album is full of stark, lo-fi, homestyle recordings, mostly underpinned by his acoustic guitar. He adds some electric guitar fuzz here and there, along with a few keyboards, banjo, sax on one track, and some drums/percussion. “Motherfucker” brings to mind a Rolling Stones outtake (Sister Morphine anyone?) with its acoustic guitar and Jagger-style yowl of a vocal. “Storming Heaven”, though dark and disconsolate, has a certain majesty to it. “Dead End” is a relatively upbeat number with a strange whistling sound in the background, and what seem to be things bumping into the microphone while recording (boom, thump). Somebody’s phone also rings at one point. “Thrush” has an organ playing the somber lead melody. DeBroux dejectedly toots a little sax on “Up The Sleeve”; this track conjures that same sense of majesty I mentioned earlier. A haunting record from start to finish, with many charming, though probably inadvertent, homey touches.

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