True to Darwin's theory, John Vanderslice has evolved
yet again in crafting Pixel Revolt, his most beautiful
and accessible album to date. While retaining the wit and narrative
fiction that make his music so uniquely his own, Vanderslice's
production has gone from DIY scruffy to sleek, smooth and smart.
A crisper sound, coupled with more sophisticated instrumentation
and a sweet, clear tenderness that is new to his vocals, combines
to make a truly extraordinary album. It isn't just his dexterity
in the studio that makes Pixel Revolt so magnificent, though.
His keen, first-person observation of some of the more tragic
aspects of life make him a sort of Johnny Cash of the indie-pop
genre, but his music is no funeral dirge. He writes with the sober
hilarity of a Wes Anderson film, as is perfectly demonstrated
in the lyrics of "Angela": I lost your bunny/
down Magnolia Blvd-no way that he'll survive/maybe those last
days of freedom will be the best of his life". He may have
lost his girlfriend's bunny, but he definitely hasn't lost his
sense of humor.
1. Letter to the East Coast
2. Plymouth Rock
3. Exodus Damage
4. Peacocks in the Video Rain
5. Trance Manual
6. New Zealand Pines
7. Radiant With Terror
9. Dear Sarah Shu
10. Farewell Transmission
12. Dead Slate Pacific
13. The Golden Gate
14. crc7173, Affectionately
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