"Please don't think of us as an 'indie band' as it was never meant to be a genre, and anyway we are far too outward looking for that sad tag." - Stephen Pastel

quarta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2011

Helen of Tron

"Helen Brown was born in Vancouver, Canada, but raised in an Athens, Georgia-based religious cult, and was blinded in one eye from a childhood baseball injury. As an adult, she dropped out of Evergreen and traveled the country for a while as a nomadic psychedelic folksinger, before forming her first band One Eyed Tramps. For years, she lived alone in a mountaintop in southern Alaska, where she befriended a Cherokee Shaman (later revealed as a fake) who encouraged her to pursue a frustrating academic career. Rampant drug use, frequent fainting on stage, and occasional self-inflicted knife wounds on stage led to more interest in her stage antics than her music. However, a few sides did emerge in the late ’90s (recording dates unknown), which feature a unique mix of country, girl group, R&B, and ghoulishness. Crude and amateurish at best, these recordings are appreciated for their sincerity and intensity of feeling.".

Na realidade, a tal Earth Girl Helen Brown é mais uma cogitação de Sonny Smith, cérebro dos retro-poppers Sonny & The Sunsets, coadjuvado por malta ligada à "cena" lo-fi californiana como de uns tais The Sandwitches, Kelley Stoltz, e John Dwyer, o intrépido senhor Thee Oh Sees. Juntos confeccionaram Story Of An Earth Girl, um EP de seis temas que, ao que parece, cumpre a ameaça de cruzar os estilos citados no texto introdutório. E, como convém, tudo registado de forma a soar às gravações de outras eras. A coisa, com patrocínio conjunto dos blogues Gorilla vs. Bear e Weekly Tape Deck, sai a 1 de Março em vinil branco de 10" e limitada aos 500 exemplares. Eu faço anos alguns dias antes, mas não me importo de receber prendas atrasadas...

"Story Of An Earth Girl" [Forest Family, 2011]

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