" Here Come The Balloons "
Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes is a modern, Midwestern folk prodigy
who looks like a little baby deer to boot, but please let us introduce
you to Joyner, his Nebraska savant elder. Half as histrionic but
twice as literate and evocative, the songwriter's Dylan-on-codeine
intonation and voice cracks open a creaky door to the unfinished
basement of Americana. The weighty, life-questioning b-side "
They Say Man Cannot Fly " (" The accident my mother should
have prevented " sings Joyner) is the winner here, made all
the more eerie by subtle guitar, whistling and what sounds like
a cow-in-a-can. Moo-dy.
The Vanity Set /
" Jump In The
Grave / Exit Music (For A Film) "
Winter: and as a young
man's (or woman's) fancy turns to thoughts of staying in bed for
as long as humanly possible, what could be nicer than a formidably
arty (some would say pretentious) seven-inch from a cabaret bars
of New York's Lower East Side? The Vanity Set, a loose collective
(aren't they all?) based around James Sclavunos from Nick Cave's
band The Bad Seeds, offer " Jump In The Grave ", a wayward
croon which even the press release describes as shambolic. But Radiohead
completists, and anyone else who likes a weird cover, will be inexorably
drawn to gloomstress Sally Norvell's, er, " interpretation
" of " Exit Music (For A Film) ". Wobbly, wild and
hysterical, it's what dark nights and damp rooms were made for.
" Hear The Waves
From the days when
Lou Reed was on autopilot, comes a reminder of the ill effects that
soporific drugs can have on musical ability. Brother JT (not a real
monk) strums away in geological time on this none-more-lentissimo
aural toothache. There is no indication on this 7-inch that it should
be played at 33rpm, probably because it was recorded at 16rpm and
would sound painfully slow at 78. I ... can't ... go ... on ...
The three songs here
- Hear The Waves, Closer To You and Soul's On Ice - are spare and
spiritual, reminiscent of imagined Brian Wilson demos.
" Radios "
If quiet really has
become the new subversive, Broken Dog's Clive Painter and Martine
Roberts are probably right up there on Homeland Security's list
of foreign troublemakers. Robert's sultry, spellbinding voice -
double tracked on " Radios " - evokes the glory days of
of Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, as Painter wraps his partner in sensuous,
gauzy fretwork. Turning the flame down even lower, " Silent
Mostly " wanders through the sinister world of soundtrack guru
Angelo Badalamenti, where every dreary coffee shop has a serial
killer lurking out back near the dumpster.
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