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I don't think Will Oldham really needs any introduction at this point. If you're on this site reading this review and you don't know who he is then I'm really not sure what you're doing here anyway. The Phantom Family Halo is Dominic Cipolla, who has apparently put out some pretty crazy and awesome music of his own that I haven't heard. This record has quite an eerie psychedelic slant compared to Bonnie Billy's other work, and centres around a motorik 7-minute cover of the Everly Brothers' 'I Wonder If I Care As Much' which morphs into a full psych workout with some guitar heroics from a man listed in the liner notes as "William Benton (Cat Casual)" and takes up the majority of the second side - followed by the short but sweet 'Suddenly the Darkness' which surprisingly enough is easily the most upbeat track on the record, and seems to be about trying to stay away from depression. Actually, this track is total vintage Oldham goodness. Even though it's the shortest track on here there's a real carefree warmth to it that brings to mind the new Woods record, or the brighter moments of J Mascis's fantastic recent solo effort. The first side is taken up with a couple of spookier numbers which I suspect Cipolla had more responsibility for. They're both really excellent. The title track's kind of smouldering and threatening, and it's followed by a quite minimal track called 'Roki for Now' which starts out with a repetitive guitar and vocal groove before closing on a bit of minimal organ and electronic ambience that has kind of a Johann Johannsson feel. Yet another exciting addition to Oldham's already astonishing canon. Plus it's on lovely blue vinyl and I believe it's limited to 1,000 so you snooze you lose.
somebody who knows said:actually, dominic cipolla wrote all the tracks EXCEPT for "i wonder if i care as much" ... this includes "suddenly the darkness"...
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