CD Perhapst [Digipak] (CD 1337496),
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Perhapst [Digipak]

  • 1. "Quote"
    2. Maryanne
    3. Blue Year
    4. Hyper Planets
    5. Cruel Whisk
    6. Caution
    7. Incense Cone
    8. Harbour
    9. Alamand
    10. Bornless One
    11. Aren't You Glowing
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IMWT030

  • Credits
    EngineerEric Lovre; John Moen

    Decemberists fans already knew extrovert drummer John Moen's talents, seeing him sing flawless backing vocals while gaily beating his kit, then handling other instruments (even piano) before hamming up "The Mariner's Revenge Song." And though this solo step-out (with help from cronies such as his old Jicks leader, Stephen Malkmus) can't compare with his main gig -- then again, what can? -- Perhapst is persistently pleasant. Would that Moen had ten more songs as dazzling as "Blue Year," which is like one of those great Boo Radleys songs that once haunted your days, with elements of Fugu and Loney, Dear. Its acoustic guitar and boppy drums anchor darting Mellotron-ish synth parts and fuzzed-out electrics. The rest is ear-catching, purposeful soft rock indie tune-ery, with affirmations of folk (like the Pernice Brothers-ish, sweet "Cruel Whisk") and Loose Salute-ish alt-country -- Moen's near-falsetto adding obliging neo-Brian Wilson touches throughout. Nice. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

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