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"Cut a remote island in two & place one half to your ear..."
on 31 July 2012
Picking up where Me Oh My, her splendidly warped 2009 debut, left off, Cyrk intensifies the Nuggets-styled psych-weirdness, draws the curtains & wistfully gazes out in the moonlight. Though a slightly darker proposition than it's predecessor - lyrically, certainly - Cate has nonetheless conjured up another clutch of instantly memorable melodies that perform that savvy trick of simultaneously seeming utterly fresh & frustratingly familiar.
Though she's still obviously very fond of Stephen Malkmus's cockeyed approach to songwriting - Cyrk occasionally sounds like a Trish Keenan-fronted Wowee Zowee-era Pavement grappling with Faust's "It's A Bit Of A Pain", it has to be said (fine by me, frankly!) - she's excelled herself in terms of eerie, indelible hooks & eccentric, opaque wordplay this time 'round. At the moment, my favourite tracks are the vespertine "The Man I Wanted" (a curious "down-but-not-out"-type lament), & the pleasantly disturbed "Greta" (which reminds me, a wee bit, of "Jugband Blues"), but I expect I'll have changed my mind again by the time you read this. After all, at a succinct 35 minutes' duration, there's no room for filler.
It's still only July, but I can't imagine they'll be many better LPs released this year.