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Kitchen Sink Pop MP3

Jeff Danger‘s “Some of My Best Friends Are,” a track off the Giovanni Chrome label’s Breach of the Preach compilation, is available for free download (MP3) from the label’s website, gcrecordings.co.uk. With its sour little bit of backward masking, and its clearly delineated structure, the piece is crying out for a vocal, but we’re fortunate enough to enjoy it before someone sets down a layer of some autobiographical ramblings. Danger has a taste for disparate little chunks of sound that when combined suggest an actual band is playing, even though virtually none of what’s played sounds remotely like standard instrumentation. Instead, it’s all rapidly failing keyboards, frying-pan percussion and lone plucked notes. It’s ramshackle pop: innovative tinkering disguised as modest music.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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