Distance Is A Mirror is the debut EP from a bunch of New Yorkers calling themselves Public Practice. Their approach takes post-punk, disco, Talking Heads and Yellow Magic Orchestra to make a funky, danceable sound with dark yet optimistic lyrics on subjects as simple or as complicated as love. Vocalist Drew Citron’s delivery is perhaps at odds with the excitable band behind him. 12” EP or CD on Wharf Cat Records.
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We live in very confusing times. And I'm not talking about the world in general, I'm talking about the micro climate of our office which, probably since red pens were banned, has turned into a sort of free for all between people and machines. Voices talking, machines malfunctioning and on the stereo this record by New York people Public Practice. It has that post punk/funk thing going on which led me initially to think I was listening to last week's Hairband record but...of course I'm not.
This is much more punky and sinewy and contains one bona fida future classic in 'Bad Girl(s)' which has elements of Patti Smith, Television, Pylon and ....oh...the Runaways smashed together in a three minute pop blast with infectious chorus and attitude galore. On 'Foundation' they are on more of a Talking Heads tip with spoken word vocals about buildings and houses over simple rhythm section and spangled guitar before it lurches into a tight frenetic piece of funk. Closer 'Into The Ring' is perhaps musically the most sophisticated thing here with wobbly bass and guitar tangling into each other. Still the Talking heads influence is there strong but this is the moment that promises the most out of the whole EP. It's like Warpaint with a bit of go in them. Excellent stuff.
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