Indiana's multi-instrumentalist and vocalist
DM Stith (David-Michael Stith) penned baroque pop gems
on Heavy Ghost (Asthmatic Kitty, 2009).
The likes of Pity Dance evokes the
languid ethereal metaphysical spleen-infused falsetto of Robert Wyatt
coupled with the orchestral flourishes of
Thanksgiving Moon, on the other hand, evokes both
Nick Drake's naked confessions and
Van Morrison's soulful elegies.
Stith's vocal technique is one of the most original in decades. The drum-less
Pigs grafts the extended floating vowels of David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name onto the structure of the mournful plantation chants.
The arrangements are unpretentious but offers a lot more than simple
Tribal drums, trippy vocals and cryptic sound effects turn
Creekmouth (the album's standout) into a sinister and exotic vignette.
Another haunting rhythm propels
Stith's pensive howling in Morning Glory Cloud before the mysterious
apotheosis of choir and piano.
Most songs end not with a punch line but with a punch "sound".
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