Fan Modine is the project of New York's artist Gordon Zacharias.
Slow Road to Tiny Empire (Slow RIver, 1998) tells the
fictional story of Kirk Modine, an American pop star living in China.
It was originally meant to be a film, and the album is the soundtrack
that Zacharias conceived for the (never made) film.
Zacharias penned eleven surreal lo-fi pop numbers that
homage everybody from Alex Chilton to Marc Bolan:
Mesopotamian Pop Soda,
Do It For Love,
Oh To Be A Perfect Servant,
Oi Ya Lyubyu,
Trash In Romance.
(The CD ends with 35 minutes of street noise).
Except for help from
Dambuilders' violinist Joan Wasser (who is also in
Those Bastard Souls),
Zacharias played all instruments.
If this album had been made by Sebadoh,
Guided By Voices or
Pavement, it would have been hailed as a
Live, the band also included bassist Michael Tighe of Elysian Fields,
keyboardist Tim Fut of Lilys, and violist Dylan Williams, a collaborator
of Ben Folds Five.
The single Pageantry (Grimsey, 1999) was released next, but
still unreleased is the album Homeland.
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