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James Ferraro returns for more hypnogogic fun with 'Last American Hero', a musical vision I am more than willing to indulge in. Essentially made up of three tracks (one long tune on the A-side and two on the B-side), side A's 'F-150 as Energy Drink Worship Temple/F-150 Night Eros at the Highway's End' is definitely a favourite Ferraro composition. The soundtrack to some long out of print American ...

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Last American Hero by James Ferraro
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9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 05 March 2010
James Ferraro returns for more hypnogogic fun with 'Last American Hero', a musical vision I am more than willing to indulge in. Essentially made up of three tracks (one long tune on the A-side and two on the B-side), side A's 'F-150 as Energy Drink Worship Temple/F-150 Night Eros at the Highway's End' is definitely a favourite Ferraro composition. The soundtrack to some long out of print American road movie or the instrumental demo of a mid eighties Fleetwood Mac tune, it's hard to say but this tune fits my mood perfectly and is a great example of Ferraro's theoretical style actually working in practice. The simple bass drum pulse, sustained synths and wild ambient guitar solo's are everything you'd expect from a Ferraro induced 80's childhood flashback (yes, I'm a child of the Eighties and I can relate to these ideas of lost/dreamed up images/music creeping into the subconscious) and easily the most focused track I've heard from him so far. The B-side continues the theme of electronic based soundtrackery with 'Blacktop Tumble Weed: Empty Monster Energy Drink Can', a less focused but ultimately satisfying example of peaceful electronic tranquility and the final track, 'Headlines (Access Hollywood)' see Ferraro messing with some weird electronic slide guitar sound which is mental. 'Last American Hero' comes with all the elements I've come to expect from a Ferraro release, the odd tape cuts, cryptic sleeve notes and a wild artwork, all of which I find very satisfying. Oh James, if you're reading your own press... I've got your 'Thunder in Paradise' videos lad... Come pick 'em up next time your in the Leeds area.

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