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Wow, wow and triple wow. Pylon were the most insanely brilliant of the early '80s new wavers to emerge out of Athens, GA (see also REM, B-52's, Love Tractor), and a couple of years ago to their great credit DFA reissued their first two albums 'Grate' and 'Chomp', hopefully bringing a whole new set of admirers to their taut, wiry danceable sound. It's certain that if one of them hadn't died jus ...

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Cover + Remix by Pylon/ Deerhunter
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9/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 June 2011

Wow, wow and triple wow. Pylon were the most insanely brilliant of the early '80s new wavers to emerge out of Athens, GA (see also REM, B-52's, Love Tractor), and a couple of years ago to their great credit DFA reissued their first two albums 'Grate' and 'Chomp', hopefully bringing a whole new set of admirers to their taut, wiry danceable sound. It's certain that if one of them hadn't died just after these reissues came out then they'd be firmly on the ATP sponsored re-formation circuit by now. This fab little 7" contains two tracks, a cover by everyone's favourite Atlanta indie rock near-gods, Deerhunter and a 'remix' by Calvinist which is more of a cover featuring additional vocals as well as instruments by Sasha Frere Jones who you may know from UI. The Deerhunter side is a remarkably faithful cover of 'Cool', one of Pylons earliest songs, complete with driving fuzzy bass and slashing Gang of Four style guitars. Bradford Cox does a remarkable imitation of Pylon's distinctive singer Vanessa Briscoe - it's absolutely brilliant - the only criticism being that it sounds exactly like the original! Flip over and Calvinist re-work the dubby textures of 'Yo Yo' off of Pylon's second album 'Chomp' adding rhythmic drums and extra low end to the brew sounding not unlike a nervy, wired Tom Tom Club. Most excellent. Peter Buck of REM once said that he was severely depressed after REM recorded 'Chronic Town' - on the way back from the studio he heard Pylon's majestic 'Crazy' and it was so much better than what his band were doing. If you enjoy this 7" you should definitely check out Pylon's two reissues on DFA.


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