The title of this record, RIP III, implies that Michael Stasis has died three times over. In reality though, that could hardly be further from the case: Stasis is far from static, having written over 200 songs already. Twelve of them can be found here, showcasing the numerous genres Stasis dabbles in. On Arbutus Records.
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7/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 21 October 2015
Hey hey. So, can't say I've ever heard Michael Stasis before with the only reference point in the press release being his working relationship with Jorge Elbrecht, an excellent producer/songwriter who's collaboration with Ariel Pink a while back still blows my mind. I'm currently spinning Stasis' third outing "RIP III" on Arbutus Records and from the three opening tracks I get the impression that he's a bit of a chameleon, drifting stylistically and dynamically in a number of different directions like a more focused professional (and probably less insane) R. Stevie Moore. These songs celebrate the same do it yourself then produce it yourself mentality that the likes of Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore have made their trademark over the years. Plenty of scratchy, produced to the best of his abilities tracks that, while impressive, often don't do the compositions the justice they probably deserve. No bad thing mind as the man's talent clearly shine through. It's obvious he has a knack for a tune (apparently he's recorded well over 200 jams in his short career to date) with a keen ear for melody and, most likely, an encyclopedic knowledge of the Lennon/McCartney back catalogue.
Can't say this is destroying my mind or owt but there's plenty here to keep the listener amused (odd synth choices, strange percussive sounds, crushed vocal takes, totally blown out jams etc) and the variation in the songwriting means they'll be a little something here for everyone. I'm particularly enjoying the weird almost TMBG's-esque construction that is "Little Devil". Very ambitious and entertaining stuff.
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