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Schickele, Matt – “Cities Filled with Lights ” – [Feldspar]

Thurston Hunger   11/16/2008   A Library, CD

Brooklyn singer-songer, is also in the band Beekeeper. He has a sort of eyes-closed dead-pan voice that harbors on a perpetual hum. But he can also scrape a falsetto off his tonsils. Guitar chords shoot out like a kid playing marbles. One note bumps another then another…little ripples of dissonance. A nice use of over-dubs that fills out this album, mopey drums. I really like this in a sort of Henry Cow up on blocks way, or an overcast Gastr del Sol manner, hell even Joe Jackson in sweat pants. Abject dignity. Philosophette lyrics…not his first release and it won’t be his last.

-Thurston Hunger (Dec 2001)

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