9/10 abandapart Customer review, 24th July 2013
How could a group featuring such underground Chicago musical royalty as Robert Lowe, Ben & Adam Vida and Todd Rittman not be one of your favourite bands already? Maybe because on first listen this record might seem like an unholy mess. Add to that a front cover which encompasses a photo of a scuffed up piece of lino and you're probably stood there thinking what on earth possessed me to buy this record? I'll tell you why its brilliant.
Its very much a companion piece to US Maple's album Talker (an album unfortunately very difficult to purchase on vinyl currently but hopefully something Drag City will rectify one day) so I'm guessing the band name Singer is quite deliberate. Sharing members with US Maple there are obvious similarities in sonics. However this is no tribute act but rather a band born out of the decay of another fragile beauty.
It took me almost 12 months to understand and appreciate how beautiful and complex this album is. At times it conjures up images of Can & The Magic Band jamming together, yes jamming don't let it put you off. Much like those bands or fusion era Miles what often on the surface seems like organic improvisation with demented crooning harmonies over the top is in fact painstakingly pieced together perfection.
I'm certain its a record that in 20 years time people will rediscover through word of mouth or whatever the electronic equivalent will be at that point in time. They'll ask themselves why didn't more people buy that record, why haven't I heard of this band before?
It's a bit edgy, its not always easy, it requires some effort from the listener, but rewards those who are prepared to put that effort in. Like most great records whilst looking back for some inspiration it pushes music forward with the possibilities it opens up.
Buy it for the drumming alone, its groovy without being funky and I think you'll love it.
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