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An Autumn For Crippled Children
The Long Goodbye
The compressed+processed nature and all-too-abrupt blasts of distortion layers can gripe, the black-gaze screech feels a bit by-the-numbers, the eyebrow-raising band name makes 'em a tough sell - but they conjure up admirable atmospheres, they're great at utilizing haunting+ambient new wave synth, and whether it's fast+energetic or soaring-sadness-crawl they always send it ripping towards the skies. Oh and the drumming. Pretty good drumming.
Through The Looking Glass
Carrie and Lowell
Managing to still sound like a rosy-cheeked ghost-cherub at nearly 40 is a feat in itself, but the truly-beaming-accomplishment is songwriting that's simultaneously this sparse, powerful, and even catchy. Strewn with bereavement, animal metaphors, religion, mythology and retrospection, he seldom needs more than acoustic pluckings and piano taps to caress you like a thousand feathers and create an optimized aura of tenderness+melancholy.
Marina and The Diamonds
Its harrowing and serrated nature may leave the common foot-worker apprehensive and rooted - but from the reptilian rattles and gear grindings, to the chopped operatics and stuttering bobble-heads, to the irresistible finger-snap+air-gust-accented African-military-stomp section, this busy electronic horror-twitch percussion-fest distinguishes itself while still demanding movement and attention. The dialogue-samplings from The Ring/Mortal Kombat/Mommie Dearest seem a bit conspicuous in their familiarity, but thematically feel right at home.
Their collectively limitless virtuosity+versatility allows them to genre-weave with ease, often at times in the blink of an eye - in and out of jazz-rock both lavish and raunchy, refined-hardcore-grind-clamor, film-score re-workings - bandleader John Zorn's trademark squawking-and-gurgling-like-a-flock-of-tortured-birds alto sax can just as easily be steadied into smooth+sweeping traditionalism. The mid-section turns the controlled-chaos up a notch with a salvo of sub-minute ditties featuring Tazmanian-devil vocals from the Boredoms' Yamatsuka Eye, while towards the end a rip-roaring James Bond theme (with fake gunshots and all) is sure to gr
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