Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Music I Liked And Didn't - 12/3/07 - 12/11/07

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JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER: Valley Of Fire LP (Textile) - One of America’s top free music collectives, Jackie-O Motherfucker, returns with their first studio release since 2005. The three tracks on the A-Side of “Valley Of Fire” represent some of the most tuneful, song-oriented pieces the group has ever produced. The opening cut “Sing Your Own Song” is an outstanding, flowing psych groover, which features the excellent vocal stylings of Eva Salens (Inca Ore) delivering a metaphoric theme of self empowerment. The set’s title track is next, a stunning dose of acid folk, with earnest vocals and acoustic guitar strummage being augmented beautifully by washes of gurgling, alien synths. The side closes with a stark (only acoustic guitar and vocals), but beautiful, interpretation of the Beach Boys’ “A Day In The Life Of A Tree” from 1971’s “Surf’s Up”, listed on this album as simply “The Tree”. The B-Side contains only a single, side-long composition “We Are/Chanel Zero”, a sonic montage of minimal, late-night drones, experimental tones, loops, turntablism and free psych sizzle, that builds until it reaches a satisfyingly noisy, throbbing peak during the last few minutes of the track. It’s a respectable piece that has its moments, but, in my humble opinion, is not particularly noteworthy among the larger lexicon of such sound collages. Overall, however, “Valley Of Fire” is certainly one of Jackie-O’s most “user-friendly” and best efforts to date!

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Running Count For The Year

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