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FEATURED NEW RELEASES
The Vaccines (Pre-Order w/Bonus EP)
Yo La Tengo 12"
Ricardo Villalobos
Sun Araw
Sic Alps
Silent Servant
Efterklang
LV
The Durutti Column
Harry Taussig
Mumford & Sons
 
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Badly Drawn Boy



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  TIM MAIA 70TH BIRTHDAY & LISTENING PARTY
In celebration of legendary Brazilian artist Tim Maia's 70th birthday, and Luaka Bop's excellent World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever; The Existential Soul of Tim Maia collection, we are throwing a party this Friday at the shop. DJ Paul Heck be spinning Tim's music all night, we're selling the record a few days before street date, and Soul Cacha├ža will be in the house serving their excellent premium Brazilian cocktails. Join us!

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  DUM DUM GIRLS IN-STORE PERFORMANCE
We are thrilled to welcome Dum Dum Girls, who will be performing at Other Music this Monday at 8 p.m. Their new End of Daze EP is flying off our shelves and we can't wait to hear Dee Dee and her band play these songs live in the shop. So come on out and catch an intimate set from this great group who'll be heading out on the road soon after and returning to NYC on October 18, sharing the big stage with the Walkmen at Terminal 5.

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  M83 & FLYING LOTUS TICKET GIVE-AWAYS
The temperature may be starting to drop but the fall concert schedule is heating up, with Bowery Presents bringing a slew of great concerts to the city this season. Next week, M83 will be playing two shows at Hammerstein Ballroom with Sun Airway as support. While October 2nd is sold out, there is still a handful of tickets available for Wednesday, October 3rd, and you can enter to win a pair by emailing contest@othermusic.com. Then on Sunday, October 7, West Coast cosmic beat maker Flying Lotus will be performing at Terminal 5, and we also have pair of tickets up for grabs to that show. Email enter@othermusic.com for your chance win.

M83: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM: 311 W. 34th St. NYC

FLYING LOTUS: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
TERMINAL 5: 610 W. 56th St. NYC

     
 
   
   
 
 
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  WIN TICKETS: JULIA HOLTER SINGS MICHAEL PISARO'S TOMBSTONES
Composer Michael Pisaro's Tombstones reconstitutes traces and fragments of the voice, be it slipping down the inexorable mountain-slope of tones in "New Orleans," or bearing mute witness to the dark octaves that loom over Julia Holter's delicate vocals on "Silent Cloud." Concomitantly with its official release, Jason Brogan will lead an ensemble of musicians from Los Angeles, New York City, and Charleston in a performance of selections from the record next Wednesday in Brooklyn, and you can enter to win a pair of tickets by emailing tickets@othermusic.com.
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  WIN TICKETS TO INDIANS AT BOWERY BALLROOM
It's not even been a year since Copenhagen's Indians (a/k/a Soren Lokke Juul) performed their first show, but on the strength of the self-released "Magic" single and much-talked-about live performances touring Europe and North America with the likes of Beirut, Bear in Heaven and Lower Dens, the band has signed to 4AD, with a full-length set for release in early 2013. Indians will be playing a couple of shows in New York City in late November, and we've got two pairs of tickets to catch this up-and-coming artist who will be opening for Other Lives at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 28. To enter, email giveaway@othermusic.com. Indians recently filmed a gorgeous installment for 4AD's Sessions series and it's not to be missed.

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  THE VACCINES
Come of Age Pre-Order with Bonus CD-EP
(Sony Music)

Out next week, the anticipated second full-length from the Vaccines finds the young British band tightening their rock chops, by taking more detours from their JAMC-meets-the-Ramones rave-ups and honing in on melody and style. Pre-order Come of Age from Other Music and we'll also throw in a very limited three-song CD-EP featuring non-album tracks as a free bonus -- while supplies last.
 
         
   
   
   
   
   
       
   

 

 

     
 

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  YO LA TENGO
Stupid Things
(Matador)

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Yo La Tengo decided to shake things up a bit on their new LP (due out in January), recording it in Chicago with Tortoise's John McEntire, and if this first single is any indication, prepare to have your mind blown in 2013! "Stupid Things" is, in some ways, a typical "mellow" YLT track, with a sublime and serpentine guitar melody floating through it, a primal rhythm, and a melancholy whispered vocal. But this track is anything but typical, even for these guys, with a mind-expanding production aesthetic that lets the song shift and slide into place across a leisurely five minutes as if watching clouds slowly gather on the horizon, mixing fidelity, form and function with utter disregard for any conventional logic. An achingly beautiful electric guitar lead somehow falls in league with a busted transistor radio and a relentless three-note drum groove, joined by a sub-aquatic vocal, and eventually a robot orchestra. Or maybe that's not exactly what happens, but it's as close as I can come to explaining it. The limited (1500 copies), heavyweight silk-screened LP comes with this mind-massager, followed by a deep EYE remix, and on the flip, the original 12-minute instrumental jam that the whole thing grew out of. Apparently the album version has a completely different vocal track -- naturally. Get this thing if you like your pop music beautifully skewed. [JM]

 
         
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  RICARDO VILLALOBOS
Dependent and Happy
(Perlon)

"Put Your Lips"
"Koito"

Technically speaking, electronic producer and minimal house guru Ricardo Villalobos hasn't put out a "proper" full-length album since 2004, but he's kept quite a busy schedule since then, releasing one of the best Fabric mix CDs ever given a catalogue number (comprised entirely of his own unreleased material -- an album unto itself); some stunning remixes of the Shangaan Electro crew, Philip Glass, and Conrad Schnitzler; a handful of 12" double-packs that pushed the limits of what could be called an EP; and a mammoth two-CD project that saw him sculpt elements of the ECM Records catalogue into his painstakingly constructed modular synth soundscapes. Nearly all of those releases found him moving away from the nuanced textures of rhythm construction from which he built his reputation, eschewing dancefloor rhythms for some well-needed research-and-development projects that were often stunning, but perhaps left longtime fans pining for the labyrinthine beat mosaics they've grown to adore.

Well, I'm happy to report that Villalobos's latest record sees him back on the Perlon label with a stunning collection of new rhythm tracks that retain a sense of familiarity while pushing his love of texture and negative space into hypnotic new realms. Dependent and Happy is a natural progression of the work he's finessed since The Au Harem D'Archimede, creating mesmerizing patterns of long polyrhythmic loops, often tweaked with multiple layers of flange and ping-ponging across the stereo spectrum, letting the rhythms serve as melodic and rhythmic musical components. Onomatopoeic vocal cut-ups and the occasional spare synth gurgle provide additional coloring, and the entire set is mixed subtly to create a single suite of beat meditation that works well as both dancefloor fodder and ambient balm. Make no mistake, though -- Villalobos creates tracks meant for your undivided attention and intended for complete immersion; he succeeds admirably here, and while it may not break new ground in winning him new acolytes the way the ECM set seemed to do, it's great to hear him bending the dancefloor to his will once again. These are some of the most absolutely gorgeous beats you'll hear all year. [IQ]

 
         
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  SUN ARAW
Inner Treaty
(Drag City)

"Grip"
"And I"

Cameron Stallones (a/k/a Sun Araw) is one of the finest practitioners of dub-influenced indie abstraction in the American scene. As with Peaking Lights, Stallone has found a way to create music informed by the atmospheric aspects of dub music that is both hazy and warm, bubbling and flowing, and overall engaging and transitory. Unlike Peaking Lights, however, Stallones doesn't seem to be interested in formal song structure, or lyrics for that matter; his work hinges on the all important 'vibe,' be it smoked-out, energy drink-fueled or, with his latest album, a cosmic yet earthy middle ground. The work of Sun Araw has varied across his mostly self-released cassettes, records and CDs on his Sun Ark imprint (he also has releases on Woodist, Thrill Jockey, Leaving and Not Not Fun), and it reached an excellent climax with Icon Give Thanks, his installment for the RVNG label's FRKWYS collaboration series which found Stallones recording in Jamaica with the legendary vocal group, the Congos.

Much of the warm, dripping, swampy and cyclical atmospheres present on those sessions are here as well, yet they are less dub-direct, with more of an open, blissed-out-loner-wandering-through-the-Everglades type of hue. Inner Treaty also feels more like a jam session in minimal abstraction; his use of samplers, guitar, bass, synths, percussion, occasional voice, and other small noisemakers effortlessly conjure the vibe of a one-man junkyard dub band. Stallones' pieces are jagged and deconstructed, yet posses an air of movement, growth and patience. Mastered by Sonic Boom, this is easily Sun Araw's clearest sounding recording, and it may be his prettiest too. The lo-fi aspects of his improvised recording techniques are treated with a polishing rag, and made brighter, cleaner and more present. The sounds, at times, really glisten and sparkle, painting sonic-scapes that reflect tropical portraits of slow-moving beauty, and organic and innocent playfulness. Fans of the simpler electronic-experimental days of Animal Collective, dub music not made by Jamaicans, the loose knit aspect of Hype Williams, or the open dubbiness of Cluster, Can and especially Moebius & Plank should explore the many-sided prism of sounds that Sun Araw creates. Once you enter his world, you may not want to come back to the city, let alone Earth. Recommended. [DG]

 
         
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  SIC ALPS
Sic Alps
(Drag City)

"God Bless Her, I Miss Her"
"Polka Vat"

Originally a two-piece consisting of veterans of indie-pop stalwart label Slumberland Records, Sic Alps made a name for themselves by not being an indie-pop band at all, but something else entirely. What that something else is seems to be up for debate, however, because even though they often get tagged as such, they certainly are not garage rock, and though they could be called psychedelic, for the most part they have been very good at making records that are easy to listen to, thanks in large part to Mike Donovan's singular voice. Like a cross between Syd Barrett and Skip Spence, Donovan is an engaging and original singer, and while the band's releases have always rewarded you for your time, this new one is huge step up in the songwriting department and overall recording quality as well.

Another comparison I occasionally see that I actually agree with, but feel needs some clarification, is Pavement. While it would be a stretch to say that Sic Alps sound like Pavement, they can leave you with the same feeling -- you know, the one where you wouldn't be surprised if the song just fell apart at any minute, and yet they manage to pull it off time and time again without ever losing their way. This newfound focus might be due to the general solidifying of a consistent group of players, which now includes Noel von Harmonson of Comets on Fire -- I don't know for sure, but it seems like a solid theory, as this record is by far the most concise, focused album they've made. It starts with a subtle declaration of intent with the string intro to "Glyphs" and should make anyone trying to use that garage tag feel pretty foolish, and then the album goes right into the great, rural rocker "God Bless Her, I Miss Her" which could be the best song they've ever written on a what is probably the best record they've ever made. [DMa]
 
         
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  SILENT SERVANT
Negative Fascination
(Hospital)

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Juan Mendez was a member of the influential Sandwell District collective, who were a driving force in tying together the strands of early post-punk, industrial, and gritty techno musics that have become somewhat hip to drop as inspirations amongst electronic producers lately, particularly the large crop who have come from the underground noise/non-music scene. Those musics had been a formative influence on the first wave of Chicago and Detroit house producers as well, but Mendez and his peers have fully embraced the dirt, grit, and darkness of the more outre corners of the industrial scene, not to mention the primitive rhythmic propulsion and punk-like force of the beats. Mendez's newest record as Silent Servant is one of the best dispatches from this universe we've heard, a fully realized, hard-hitting, yet lovingly crafted and nuanced production that rivals the finest releases from the Blackest Ever Black stable of artists (particularly Raime), the brutalist techno of Regis, and recent releases by Vatican Shadow, whose Dom Fernow saw fit to release Negative Fascination on his Hospital imprint. The album also does a fine job in updating the DIY punk electronics of forefathers like Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, and Front 242, injecting a fresh bag of blood into a corpse that was admittedly beginning to fester a bit. This certainly isn't for everyone, but those who like a bit of the do-it-yourself, hands-on approach to electronic music that many of today's Ableton-happy trackpad clickers are missing, not to mention those who simply like their beats as dirty and destroyed as possible, need this in their collections. The bar has been raised high; let's now see who comes forward to jump overtop it. [IQ]

 
         
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  EFTERKLANG
Piramida
(4AD)

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Efterklang, once a sprawling Danish group that begged to be called a collective rather than a band, has now slimmed to an economical trio, not jettisoning the orchestrations that so defined their earlier work, but nonetheless greatly streamlining both their songwriting and their sound. With Clasper Clausen's coolly resigned, cerebral singing now holding more weight, and the orchestrations now more about accenting the emotion than defining it, Piramida is at its core a quiet pop record that neatly folds into the mix both bubbling electronics and swelling acoustic orchestrations. It's not the groundbreaking avant-garde pop explorations we've come to expect from Efterklang, but it's still far more sonically varied and smart than most, and it is the sound of Efterklang 2.0. [JM]
 
         
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  LV
Sebenza
(Hyperdub)

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South London production crew LV continues to expand the boundaries of dubstep on Sebenza, their second full-length and first for Hyperdub. For Routes, the trio's 2011 debut on Keysound, they worked with spoken word artist/vocalist Josh Idehen, but on Sebenza, the British producers shared files with rappers from across South Africa, adding their diverse vocals into a web of synths, bass and beats. Probably the best-known voice here to most of our readers is recent Sub Pop signing Spoek Mathambo, who brings his "African Dracula" persona to a pair of tracks, while Johannesburg-based Okmalumkoolkat carries the bulk of the album with his diverse skills, and Max and Sello of Cape Town's Ruffest fill out the remaining four songs, with a mix of English and Xhosa vocals. Together they offer a vibrant, feverish and modern patchwork of slang, dialects, references and worldly party vibes. Titles like "Animal Prints," "Zulu Compurar," "Spitting Cobra" or "International Pantsula" give some insight into the type of themes at work, while each cut dips into various styles on the current global underground: kwaito (from South Africa), house, garage, UK funky, grime and of course dubstep -- though oddly enough, they never create a traditional hip-hop track for the talented MCs. A few songs actually remind me of the short-lived "hip-house" subgenre, but this is no passing fad, and this is no doubt some the best music that LV has produced yet. The outcome is an energizing experience in a cross cultural exchange; fans of the Shangaan Shake collection (the original or the remixes), fellow Hyperdub artist like Kode9 & the Spaceape or Terror Danjah, Spoek's electronic-based debut album Mshini Wam, or those looking for a high-energy cross-cultural sound clash, this is it. [DG]

 
         
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  THE DURUTTI COLUMN
Short Stories for Pauline
(LTM)

"College"
"Journeys by Vespa"

Short Stories for Pauline is a STUNNING archival release of what was meant to be the fifth album by the Durutti Column (coming after the rare Portuguese-only release, Amigos Em Portugal), comprised of sessions recorded in 1983 but shelved until now. It's mind boggling as to why this stuff sat in the vaults for so long, because damn, this is some of Vini Reilly's most beautiful material. Legend has it that upon delivering the tapes to Factory Records, honcho Tony Wilson heard the track "Duet" -- a short piece in which Reilly plays in duo with violist Blaine L. Reininger (of Tuxedomoon) -- and insisted that Reilly go back to the studio and deliver him a classical-inspired album of chamber music along the lines of that striking miniature. The resulting Without Mercy is what actually became the group's fifth full-length, and save for a handful of cuts issued throughout the '80s on assorted compilations from the Factory Benelux and Les Disques Du Crepuscule imprints, much of the Short Stories sessions has never been heard until now. We briefly carried a very limited vinyl release of the full album a few months back, but that has since sold out, never to be repressed. The record has now been released in a two-CD set that includes the full album, in its original intended sequence, with a gorgeous 1981 live concert performance recorded in Brussels with just Reilly and longtime Durutti drummer Bruce Mitchell.

The music on Short Stories actually serves as a transition between the sparseness of early DC albums like LC and Another Setting, and the more fleshed-out, lush environments he'd begin to explore after Without Mercy. The record starts off in a somber, largely instrumental setting, with Reilly's delicate vocals not entering until the album's second half. Mitchell is conspicuously absent from these proceedings, replaced by drummer Alain Lefebvre, whose touch isn't as nimble, but who still manages to hold his own. The ensemble is filled out with viola, harp, and saxophone, creating a new instrumental bed for Reilly to work off of. It's perhaps his most subtle recording outside of the vastly underrated third album Another Setting, but is easily regaining its rightful place in Vini Reilly's stunning discography. Many faithful Update readers know that the Durutti Column are one of my favorite groups, and I can easily say that this is an essential addition to any fan's collection. The live disc is a nice bonus, though it should be noted that it has been released before on its own via LTM Recordings; that version has been out of print for a few years now, so it's nice to have it back on the racks as well. All in all, I cannot recommend this set more highly; it's a gorgeous piece of work that further cements Reilly's genius as one of the shining lights of not only the Factory stable, but of the entire post-punk generation on the whole. [IQ]

 
         
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  HARRY TAUSSIG
Fate Is Only Twice
(Tompkins Square)

"Rondo in D (On Southern Themes)"
"In the Corner of the Circle"

I spent several years trying to track down an original copy of Harry Taussig's first and until now only LP, Fate Is Only Once, with no luck. The only time I even had a chance to hold the real thing in my hands was at a collector's house while he made a tape copy for me, so needless to say I was overjoyed when the record was reissued by Tompkins Square back in 2006; just to be able to play the album on my stereo and hear it in all its wild, jangling, masterful glory was a real treat to be sure. So when Tompkins Square announced they were releasing an album featuring new Taussig recordings, you couldn't blame the fans if their optimism was cautiously guarded; after all, his first album is widely considered to be a long lost masterpiece, issued on a private press label some 47 years ago, and known only to steel string guitar fanatics. Could a sequel live up?

What Harry Taussig represented was a moment in time, a lost treasure, a single artifact. And single artifacts rarely have great follow-ups, but rest assured, this one does. This album is amazing, transfixing and about as close to essential as it gets for anyone interested in guitar, American primitivism, or just a really enjoyable listening experience. From the first notes of "Rondo in D (On Southern Themes)" through the playful figures of "Children's Dance" to the spacious, dissonant title track, Fate Is Only Twice is a treasure. When we find out a new set of masters or a lost acetate from one of our favorite artists is discovered, it can be hard to describe the mixture of joy and fear. Will it be more good work to stand beside our favorite tracks, or will it be something else, something less? Every new addition to the canon re-contextualizes the other parts. For Harry Taussig, Fate Is Only Twice moves him from apocryphal legend to the status of a true master of the steel string guitar, and a performer and artist on par with his better known contemporaries like John Fahey and Robbie Basho. Recommended for fans of music, history, historical music, and mysteries. [AS]
 
         
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  MUMFORD & SONS
Babel
(Glassnote)

"Babel"
"Lover of the Light"

British pop stars have a long history of borrowing American forms like folk and blues, from the Stones to Adele, and Mumford & Sons have embraced the tradition, with a rootsy sound that draws on 1960s pop-folk, sticking with acoustic instruments and unfettered emotion, trying to be humble while adding a bit of fresh-faced pop sheen to the proceedings. They were just pie-eyed buskers when they cut their breakthrough debut, Sigh No More, a few years back, but Babel was made by one of the biggest bands in the world, and as such it's a pretty grand affair. The guitars ring out, the banjo hammers on, and despite the natural acoustic production and quiet harmonies, Marcus Mumford is full-throated and almost swaggering here, sticking to the sound and moods that made his band famous, but tailoring it for the arenas they will be playing in the coming months. Some of us prefer our folk music a bit more homespun, but hell, as far as international superstars go, these guys seem okay. [JM]

 
         
   
   
   
       
   

 

 

     
 

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BRUCE LANGHORNE
The Hired Hand OST
(Scissortail)

Now available on LP in a hand-numbered, limited edition pressing of 1000 copies, on 180 gram vinyl. The review below originally ran in 2005, when we first featured the CD issue of this gorgeous soundtrack by Bruce Langhorne.

I guess it was about a year ago that I headed up to Cinema Village (or was it the Quad?) one evening after work to catch the world premiere re-release of Peter Fonda's 1971 subversive western The Hired Hand. This was his follow up to the monumentally successful Easy Rider, and in an attempt to bring the hysteria around him down a notch Fonda embarked on a much more reflective filmmaking endeavor. His western upends most of the conventions of the genre, with vaguely homoerotic themes, a stately pace, fragmented or anti-climatic violence, and elegiac passages of psychedelic montage that were inspired by his days of hanging out with the experimental filmmakers Bruce Baillie and Bruce Conner.

The movie tanked when it was released, but Fonda seemed unperturbed as he fielded questions after the viewing. Tall and preternaturally tan, he recounted showing the film to his famous western film star father Henry Fonda, who responded deadpan, "That's my kinda western." The Hired Hand really was ahead of its time, and in the year since I first saw it, those psychedelic interludes have been seared in my mind, as has the stunning score by Bruce Langhorne.

The next morning I searched high and low for a copy of the soundtrack only to discover that it didn't even exist on CD or LP. In one of those moments of inspiration that never come to fruition, I convinced myself that I was going to devote myself to getting it released. Thankfully, someone with a little more conviction and follow-through than I was able to get it out.

Langhorne was a session musician par excellence who appeared on countless folk-rock records in the '60s. Bob Dylan has written that Langhorne was the inspiration for "Mr. Tambourine Man," and he figures prominently on Bringing It All Back Home as well as the soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, with which the earlier Hired Hand has a little in common stylistically. During the showing I remember thinking that the music reminded me of a more blissful, psychedelic, and spaced-out John Fahey or Sandy Bull; later I came to find out that Langhorne actually borrowed Bull's Twin Reverb amp to produce all those ringing pastoral overtones.

With a battery of Farfisas, recorders, and ancient Martin guitars, the passages on this disc seem to defy time, suspending the clock on the CD player with each graceful, echoed parsing of a banjo note or dulcimer slide. Langhorne's 23-minute score is a gorgeous accomplishment that is more than able to stand outside the framework of Fonda's film and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fans of Americana, psychedelia, finger-pick guitarists, spaghetti western soundtracks, Bjorn Olsson enthusiasts, or perhaps people just looking to find some music that'll help them slow down and clear their heads a little bit. [MK]

 
         
   
   

 

 

     
 

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  BADLY DRAWN BOY
The Hour of Bewilderbeast
(Twisted Nerve/XL)

The now classic Hour of Bewilderbeast is finally reissued on LP, courtesy of Twisted Nerve -- a label founded by Damon Gough (a/k/a Badly Drawn Boy) and Andy Votel. Released in 2000, Badly Drawn Boy's full-length debut found Gough embracing more ambitious production and arrangements while still holding on to the intimacy of his earlier more lo-fi singles and EPs. In her Update review of the then new record, Robin Edgerton wrote: "The core of the songs here are implied duets, as he elevates one instrument at a time from the mix -- viola, trumpet, harmonium, acoustic guitar, even bird tweets and twitters -- to wrap his voice around. Then the instruments left in the background unravel into their own kind of folk-pop mass. Heartfelt but not bitter, his work recalls the most intimate moments of the Verlaines or a rusticated Elliot Smith, and his Springsteen fetish (he quotes him periodically) leads him to a pretty successful capture of a particular kind of '70s white R&B. Both airy and florid, Gough's work here is just the tip of the iceberg."

 
         
   
       
   
         
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THIS WEEK'S CONTRIBUTORS

[DG] Daniel Givens
[IQ] Mikey IQ Jones
[MK] Michael Klausman
[JM] Josh Madell
[DMa] Dave Martin
[AS] Andrew Siskind



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