Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ariel Pink & R. Stevie Moore - Ku Klux Glam

A pretty frustrating exercise in recording techniques from two of pop's lo-fi record-making experts. Moore has released over 400 tapes of recorded material over the span of his 40 year career. Pink has been recording experimental pop music for ten years and has often utilized mouth sounds as drum tracks (a fact that emphasizes his lo-fi-ness). Moore has become more experimental as the years pass while Pink's music has become more accessible, yet still quirky.
Before it devolves into a whirlpool of banal banter, song idea snippets, and vocal wankerings, Ku Klux Glam has a handful of fully rewarding moments: the Hedwig's Angry Inch glam of "No Zipper", the haunting "Dutch Me", with Pink's trademark ghostly vocal chorus and casio synth notes, and a little slab of Americana, via the breezy pop of "Come My Way". The rest of Ku Klux Glam is mostly fodder for hard-core fans.

Buy this record if you're trying to eat the icing off a cinnamon bun.


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