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Hisser
Howe Gelb
Hisser
Genre: Alternative Rock
 
Ambient and lo-fi sounds, tape click and whir, gut-string scrapes, orchestrated loops of train moans, a voice just fallen from bed with terrible nicotine cravings, and the whole mix swallowed up in desert-cave reverb: Gian...  more »

      
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All Artists: Howe Gelb
Title: Hisser
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 9/16/2008
Album Type: Import
Genre: Alternative Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Ambient and lo-fi sounds, tape click and whir, gut-string scrapes, orchestrated loops of train moans, a voice just fallen from bed with terrible nicotine cravings, and the whole mix swallowed up in desert-cave reverb: Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb's solo project has a dark, elliptical charm, floating somewhere between Ennio Morricone and Beck's demo tapes. Gelb doesn't forget--usually--about melodic craft and even shiny lyrical hooks. "Shape of a woman / Temptation of egg," for instance, is inscrutable but memorable. The best material, however, makes the intentionally casual and slapdash moments seem like throwaways: Hisser would have profited from coherent editing and sequencing. Some songs come across as two-minute splices of cinéma vérité, remarkably vivid on "Four Door Maverick," a song about driving through storms and a kind of Southwest homage to Gelb's deceased friend Ranier Patchek. Gelb marries end-of-the-rope associations with brooding guitar and piano lines, and save a few excessively eccentric indulgences--the sophomoric, distorted vocal crisscrossing of the title track and other lapses into studio-effects goofery--the album is eerie and fascinating. --Roy Kasten

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