An interview with Lela Lee
An interview with Ryan Obermeyer
If you love violence and are curious about how many times Jesus can topple over, bleed profusely, and be savagely crushed under his cross, rent this.
Take a handful of power chords, slightly countrified; add a half-spoken male vocal, and mix with a dash of slightly drunken, slightly horny revelations.
Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione twist out thick, sometimes jazzy, sometimes waltzing, syncopated and minor-key music, redolent of pantomime and German cabaret.
Too many tracks ramble in aimless, “Aren’t I cute and pissed?” pseudo-poetry with cuckoo noises and blips and squiggly noise acting as accompaniment.
Singer Liz Enthusiasm calls it as she sees it while ticky-tocky blips and bomps back her up like the “demo” button on that old mini keyboard.
Calling itself fuzz-folk, Rural Electric uses megaphone-style distortion and minor-key harmonies to evoke a wistful place where we lean up against our memories.
Take equal measures of Roger Waters, world music, and goofy optimism, and stir. Place in a small, artsy venue and add aging hippie audience.
Mix Blondie with John Mayer, hop on a bike and chew some gum. Funky with a heartbroken voice and ’80s hooks: Somewhere between folk, rock, and Talking Heads.
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