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Inca Ore With Lemon Bear’s Orchestra – “Birds In The Bushes, The ” – [5RC]

Thurston Hunger   7/19/2007   A Library, CD

Deranged do-dos with rattling ray-rays and screaming mi-mis
over jumping fa-fa beans for a much more than so-so soiree
with plenty of la-la-ti-ti-dah. Recorded in Oregon at the house
featured in the artwork (tinted to make it look like it is
built of assorted scrap metals?) This album does have a lot
of clang und sturm, and Cape Meares in Oregon does look like
a place that is jutting out at the elements, taunting them.
Those elements here come through with gusty flute, percussion
that sounds like the wind blowing metallic shingles off the
house, and the scream-singing could be a response to the howl
coming off the less-than-Pacific ocean. Inca Ore (Eva Saelens)
and her trusty/tasty sidekick Lemon Bear are the orchestra
with four guest ghosts slipping in between the cracks. Their
jalopy-fi that should appeal to freakier side of the freak folk
following, or for Sun City Girl lovers sadly eclipsed by the
death of the mighty Charles Gocher. Definitely a kitchen-sink
tinkering release, “1950’s Beatnik Poetry” has a music box
battling mattress springs, with spiral guitar strafing. Inca’s
shriek adds to the mystique, Lemon Bear tends to be the gruffer
billy goat, goading the listener on “I Will Kill You.” “Metal
Storm” pits angry fog horn versus the aforementioned swinging
shingles…sounds like some hit a buzzsaw pachinko. Piano
shows up in spots, off its medication and in a forlorn funk.
Noisy fun, but safety goggles may help some.

-Thurston Hunger

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