Fans of lo-fi, DIY will love this album from King of Cats, otherwise known as Max Levy, the chap that runs Reeks of Effort. With its distinctive sound, like a male Joanna Newsom - only without sounding like a bloke, it’s a musical delve into living with the feeling of being trapped in a feeble body, hence the title. On pink vinyl.
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With a screeching, whining voice only his mother could love, Max Levy’s distinctive androgynous vocal with turn equally as many off as on to his debut of decent DIY lo-fi indie pop. Nods are made immediately towards early Daniel Johnston, Danielson Family and Jad Fair but scratch a little deeper and there are some haunting songs on offer particularly ‘Dr Strangelove’ which is a little like a lo-fi Death Cab as sung by Pinky and Perky.
Opener ‘Orb Weaver’ is a slow moving affair which musically recalls Unrest’s quieter moments, ‘Dead Lamb’ is the kind of downbeat strummy indie as produced by pretty much everyone alive in the ‘90’s from Built to Spill to Modest Mouse and, yes, it does it well. The vocals throughout though are pitched to shrill, and could be described at worst as catastrophic caterwauling but it’s strange - you kinda get used to them. The record is a co-release with the label run by members of Joanna Gruesome so you know it will have a lo-fi indie cred all of its own and that this will certainly appeal to anyone who has ever knowingly worn a hair clip.
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