Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Yes, I like these Warmers Milks. That Penetration Initials trimmed my whiskers a little while back, but you've read all about them, most likely, being the worldly men and women that we are. They're great. They don't seem to draw a line between the world of writing songs and making grand gestures and the world of jammin and gettin weird. Mikey T and cohorts will make a loose folk structure bleed atonal confusion, they'll rock a slow burning Sunburned Hand jam, they'll zone out on some Pelt drones, whatever. They've given themselves the freedom to play totally free or rein it in as much as they please. Stand up in your chairs!
Whatever ragged goddamn glory they've strung together, you can always sense the black clouds hanging in the distance. You know, kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight and all that, until the darkness kicks back. Radish On Light finds them completely bottoming out in negative feelings and paranoid vibes, and it's an ugly little masterpiece. See, and this is why they disturb as much as they soothe, however deranged the Milks get, it's not as an attempt to project a certain aura or to cloak themselves in mystery, or even just to be trippy. It's a genuine, emotionally resonant expression of the things that claw away at your insides. And when I say bottoming out, I'm talking first Burzum depths. Almost Keiji Haino depths. Shit's fugly. I'm not even gonna try to describe the thing, somebody got their hands on some pretty Professional Tools and edited together one dark trip. Imagine the perfect Sunburned Hand album that Moloney and crew will never be able to make.
Third go around and the reviews are in from the neighbours. They don't like it. Looks like it's win-win for me. Right to the top of the heavy rotation pile*:

Warmer Milks - Radish On Light
Magik Markers - Don & Phil
Charalambides - Market Square
Richard Youngs - Advent
Harvey Milk - Courtesy And Good Will Toward Men
The Stooges - Funhouse
The Dead C - Vain, Erudite & Stupid
Wolf Eyes - Human Animal

*Heavy rotation pile not an actual, physical pile. I mean, I own most of these. Well, more than half

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