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Deep Dark Robot
8 Songs About A Girl
Custard Records
www.deepdarkrobot.com


8 Songs About A Girl is a therapeutic type of album with lyrics that make the listener conscientious about the victim's pain amidst the wrenching withdrawal of ending a relationship. Recorded by the pairing of lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Linda Perry and multi-instrumentalist Tony Tornay, who form the raw rock unit Deep Dark Robot, the album resonates with one theme in mind which is to vent out emotionally.

Perry and Tornay's instrumentation is geared towards a gritty rock rawness that moans and grumbles the way someone in pain would. The rock ballad "No One Wakes Me Up Like You" has two parts distinguished by a sharp break. The first part has woozy-shaped chord movements as Perry's aching words pour out, "Look me in the eye / Tell me you're alright / I'm not doing, I'm not doing, I'm just doing fine… no one wakes me up like you do". The second part of the track has a rockabilly rhythm like The Raveonettes. The Country Western twang in the guitar licks along "Can't Getcha Out Of My Mind" are hewn to complement the gruffy vocals purporting, "I feel like a junkie jonesing for a heartbreak… everywhere I turn I can see her in the back of my mind… I'm feeling reckless inside". The words are confrontational and the music is designed to mirror the emotions.

Perry sings wonderfully on "You Mean Nothing To Me", a song that is blanketed in bluesy rock riffs and shingled in soft sauntering tambourine shimmies and flouncing keys. The echoey vocals along "It FJking Hurts" are graveled in slow grumbling guitar chords as Perry howls, "You pull me in, then you mess with my mind". The cranking guitar gusts of "Won't You Be My Girl?" are sleeved in chunky drumbeats, and the smooth piano ballad driving "Speck" creates a netting of gentle reflections.

The songs seem very personal, and yet, entirely relatable to people outside of the duo's sphere. Perry and Tornay put the listener in the front row, [experiencing] a movie with a storyline that bares the human soul; and baring vulnerabilities is their strength. The music has a garage band/boisterous rock pumping that bodes well with the emotional release in the lyrics.

-Susan Frances

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