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+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
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Paleo is the psych-folk project of poet, painter and musician David Strackany, who had been running an indie art gallery, reviewing records and selling paint to art students before relocating to a Missouri ranch and narrowing his scope to a new project: recording an album. Misery, Missouri is the result, Strackany's first foray into writing and recording songs, and a fine demonstration of how creativity successfully crosses media borders.

Making good use of acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, banjo and lo-fi recording, Misery, Missouri is a gritty, emotionally infectious psych-folk rock collection led by Strackany's achy, pleading vocals. It's the kind of warm and lounge-y record you play when friends come over, one of whom is sure to ask: "Who is this?" And when you answer, you know they're making a mental note 'cause they plan to run out and buy a copy the next day.

The chugging accordion and mandolin picking give such tracks as "Ophelia (Asleep in the Flower Pot)" and "Learning to Say 'I Love You' in Foreign Languages" a shuffling, tropical feel. "Beautiful Lady, Beautiful Girl" is a raw and stomping country-esque song driven by fervent guitar strums and tambourine shakes, while "What Is Love?" is a gently whispered love song, gliding along skipping melodies and brushed drums.

The high-energy "When Pirate Comes to Port" finds Strackany's croon so desperate, throaty and stretched out, sounding a bit like Billy Corgan, while the emotionally drained "A Dead Body Breathing in the Back of a B-Movie" is an eerie, softly cooed song built on carnival accordion pumps, feedback and wiry acoustics. If Strackany is as good a writer and/or painter as he is a music-maker, the world's gonna feel so unfair — how is it fair that one person should have so many talents?


by Jenny Tatone




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