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French Door
LP $13.75

08/21/2012  

JAZ 2 


***The enigmatic pop sounds of Vancouver's THE CYRILLIC TYPEWRITER return with their sophomore effort French Door. Ostensibly a one-man band helmed by composer JAZON ZUMPANO (though the album credits only a certain "JZ"), the album is occasionally ornamented and illuminated by NATHANIEL SENFF’s belching, howling saxophone, and the drones of CHRISTINA RZEPA’s cello and MEGAN BRADFIELD’s double bass. Zumpano's former colleagues from Streethawk-era DESTROYER, DAN BEJAR and SCOTT MORGAN, also make impressive appearances. Inscrutable as ever, JZ's references and inspirations on French Door range from anthologist Colin Wilson's criminals, quacks, and esoteric men of mystery, to oblique mentions of minor characters from cult comic Love and Rockets, to a remarkably poignant, decelerated cover of Devo's “Gates of Steel.” From breezy to lurching to contemplative, French Door swings on its hinges and permits glimpses and glances through the vitrines, only to suddenly slam shut and resist interpretation. It never leaves its pop foundations, but is unpredictably punctuated with jarring percussion, chases down elusive and surprising hooks, and generally defies conventional indie rock form. Utterly unique, compulsively listenable, and obsessively obscure, this mystery band has perhaps never been seen together in public, but can be heard by a limited audience on this vinyl-only limited run of 160 hand-stamped LPs.

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