Sunday, July 02, 2006

Hand Crafted Rock Music

by John Vanderslice

The more I listen to John Vanderslice, the more I like him. He tours very often and makes a ton of MP3s available of his own work and his previous band, MK Ultra. Vanderslice also has Tiny Telephone, which is a studio where wonderful things can be recorded with analog equipment. With Pixel Revolt he has a perfect combination of quirkly lyrics and instrumentation that is recorded and mixed with an obsessive and loving attention to detail. With songs like "Trance Manual", "Angela", "Exodus Damage", and "Dear Sara Shu" I'm shocked by the complexity and storytelling within an intricate musical structure. Craft combined with a technique and generosity makes for some wonderful music.

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