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Following an explosive collaborative LP with Chris Corsano for his own Palilalia imprint, ex- Harry Pussy shredder Bill Orcutt returns to Editions Mego with twelve singular interpretations of tunes from the American songbook. Deconstructing and rebuilding them in his singular style like a man possessed by the ghosts of the Blues. His acoustic gets a good hard twangin’, operating with visceral abandon, letting off wails, mumbles and occasionally tortured mutterings. The recording is up nice and close so you really feel the strings are right in your face.
The history of American song is explored with covers of minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs and delta blues. Bill puts his unique spin on everything from Black Betty, White Christmas to Onwards Christian Soldiers. Versions are often so radical they’re barely recognizable from the originals if at all. Rewriting them in his own refined musical language he breathes life into the mundane, exploiting the originals for his own means. The results are bold and visionary, transforming the songs into his own works. As always when it comes to this guy’s records, he’s in a league of his own, his bright distinctive style truly his own. Top notch.
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