Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Dead Western - S/T
This is just plain weird...it's something like the Chocolate Rain guy, I can't imagine Troy from Dead Western singing this. Is it that same kind of singing out of the corner of his mouth...really deep, like it's painfull. Inhaling some kind of anti-helium. The kind of singing no one could reproduce. Is someone manipulating the tape? It's warbly, kind of low, slowed down.
You are really taking a chance when you make music like this. It's one thing to have a unique sound, or arrangement, but you are asking a lot of a listener to accept this really crazy voice. I don't think you can really imagine it, go have a listen on his myspace page.
Now take that voice, sing in a falsetto and layer it, and your into Devendra Bandhart territory. It's beyond anything I want to hear over and over. This will have it's devoted followers I'm sure, but I don't think I can be one of them.
And how is this recreated live? That could be a deal breaker as well, it could be compelling enough to turn me around, but this will take work. It's not an easy sell by a long shot.
The 7" itself is clear vinyl. Nice.
PS, US A haunting, bewildering, beautiful voice, reminiscent of Scott Walker (circa Climate of Hunter). This bellowing voice, like an ancient reptile, slithers & wraps itself around the most tender acoustic melodies. Limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl w/ die-cut, full color sleeves.
On parasol or Weird Forest