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- Split by U.S. Girls/ Slim Twig
8/10 Mike Staff review, 14 July 2011
The latest of these split LPs on Palmist is a bit less in-your-face than that Bitches/Yuppies one we got in a week or two back. This one's got a couple of experimental pop weirdos from Toronto on. On one side we've got U.S. Girls, providing us with some woozy lo-fi weirdness with prominent and slightly obnoxious vocals that fall somewhere between Cyndi Lauper and Kathleen Hanna. Lots of the time there's really bright melodic vocals over a muddy, droning backdrop which makes for an interesting effect. It's poppier than their previous stuff, but I still can't see it bothering the charts. That said, the most accessible cut on here, Joe South-penned 'Untie Me', has more than a touch of Motown influence going on. On to Slim Twig's side, it starts off with a weird pastoral folk style backing, and then Senor Twig turns up with his reverb-drenched, drawled vocals. There's a bunch of speech samples on here from something, but the sleeve doesn't specify what. I wouldn't say this side is any less weird than the U.S. Girls one, but I'm finding it an easier listen. The songs have a real sense of momentum to them, and the whole pilfering-from-everyone-so-you-don't-sound-like-anyone-specific style he adopts is dead charming. His songs are pretty varied, too...about halfway through the side he seems to start channelling Nick Cave, particularly in sinister shuffle 'Notorious Bride'. This LP has a lot to recommend it, really. It's nice to hear something this weird and experimental where the tunes are still easily located.
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