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Big Blood – “Operators & Things” – [dontrustheruin]

Thurston Hunger   10/22/2010   A Library, CD

Well this Maine duo have always scalloped my latticework, and
the spell continues. The title refers to a schizophrenic’s
self-account of her travels and travails, which is fitting here
as Colleen Kinsella and Caleb Mulkerin call upon alter egos
for vocal chores. Colleen frequently schizosonically harmonizes
herself. I always dig Caleb’s guitar dabbling, his seeking for
a certain tone for a certain song. Often drawing from a dirty
palette of dizzying fuzz. Check out his hypno spiral steel
strung pattern that opens the “Mouth of Seven Tongues.” Colleen
seems to have her yodelizer charged up strong for this release.
Other nice details include bird call for percussion on #1,
some Cortez crunching on #2 and huff-n-puff pump organ on #6.
An alternative spin on “Lay Your Head on the Rails” comes down
the tracks too. Home-made sounds and packaging as is the
Big Blood seal! Also this is marked by the spirit of Charles Goucher.

-Thurston Hunger

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