CFM is the solo rockin’ out project of Charles Moothart, an associate of both Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall, putting him right in the middle of a whirlwind of garage-psych quality. Dichotomy Desaturated is his second solo album, and it sounds like the realisation of a stack of guitar fantasies. Good guitar fun on In The Red.
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The problem with this week is that I want to be listening to Bruce Springsteen at all possible moments, and CFM has written precisely zero Bruce Springsteen songs. I guess I can’t allow that to run against him, though, so let’s just go in on ‘Dichotomy Desaturated’, which is a really lovely and surprisingly patient garage rock record on the most garage punk of labels In the Red. A friend of the genre’s walking library, one mister Ty Segall, CFM’s Charles Moothart knows his way around the genre’s revived traditions, and has here created a record that’s warm and raucous in equal measures.
Call it lounge psychedelia; it opens with a stretch-and-yawn acoustic number that slowly builds into the cosy full band antics of “Pinch the Dream”, whose bass lines achieve the same levels of wholesome as a nice bowl of soup, despite being encased in whining guitars and Moothart’s trembling vocal. At his rockiest, he can create riffs as catchy as the best progsters, with “Rise and Fall” having wonderful hooks and that remind me of T. Rex and the Chilli Peppers in equal measure (read: the epitome of guilty pleasure catchy). It’s so slick I feel like I’m wearing sunglasses; I just poked myself in the eye and it turns out I’m not.
I love hearing Moothart all peeled back, with the acoustic guitar rawk of “Voyeurs” introducing sick little motifs and warped vocal processing as if it were all just part of a nice outdoor strum. The waltzing acoustic strums and piano in “Desaturated” are joined with sludgy distortion that somehow feels as relaxing as its smooth counterparts, happily burning to a crisp in the sun. These super laid back moments put me at ease, and I love ease -- a rock album for you to come to a total halt with.
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