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Eric Bachmann

No Recover


Sep 06, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington Bookmark and Share

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Eric Bachmann's role as leader of underground alt-rock kings Archers of Loaf and barroom balladeers Crooked Fingers is, it seems, firmly in the past. More recently as a regular collaborator with Neko Case and as a solo artist he's committed to a notably more expansive sound and more accessible tone. Here on his fourth solo outing Bachmann offers a suite of songs that benefit from the rough-hewn power of his vocal, tender arpeggiated guitar lines and gentle lifts of electronica. It's certainly low-key but on songs like the '70s radio-friendly "Daylight" and the title track we get snapshots of hard, sad situations as vivid as a Polaroid. "Wild Azalea" wouldn't be out of place as a standout ballad on a recent Bruce Springsteen record while "Boom and Shake" offers a brief, brutal vision of an ecological apocalypse that's hard to shake off. Soft, ragged, and bruised, Bachmann will always deal in the losing situations of life but seems to have conjured some rays of light here that make those moments seem more livable. (

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