Anton Newcome of The Brian Jonestown Massacre has been working with Tess Parks for a little while, and the collaboration has now borne fruit in the form of I Declare Nothing, ten sprawling tracks of hazy tone, languorous vocals from Parks over Newcombe’s backing. On Newcombe’s own ‘a’ recordings.
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Anton Newcombe has been busy of late. He’s here (literally - he’s been in this very office), he’s there, he’s everywhere. If that’s what getting off drugs for you then please...give me some fresh air. Even sober he manages to make music that sounds like it was recorded at the tail end of a 16 weeks bender in a smashed up house in the Hollywood hills.
Here he has recorded a series of drifting languorous compositions over which former Alan McGee protege Tess Parks has growled some smacked out vocals. Musically if you like the Brian Jonestown Massacre you are going to enjoy it. The compositions do nothing that Newcombe hasn’t done before but I find his simple, economic music always enjoyable. Generally three chords is all he needs and tracks like ‘German Tangerine’ build beautifully with layers of strung out guitars being added to the sonic stew.
The problem we are having is Parks voice which none of us here are particularly enjoying. It has a throaty gravelly rasp that has had singers as diverse as Courtney Love, the lass from L7 and Elkie Brooks being bandied around the office.On tracks like the lovely lazy ‘Peace Defrost’ it can sound a little like a cat coughing up a hairball but if you can get used to it then what we have here is an album that is sure to appeal to fans of Mazzy Star.
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