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inca ore - Birthday of Bless You
More good new stuff from Not Not Fun, this time not a split, but a solo LP from Inca Ore, who opens this strange, foggy album with a Merle Haggard cover - at least the lyrics are by Merle Haggard. As with so much of this Portlander's music, 'Silver Wings' sounds like a ghostly, ethereal presence - well, maybe more of an absence than a presence, only taking up echoes rather than decipherable, tangible sounds. Amongst the haze you can make out muffled melodies and cloaked utterances, but as with the nebulous sound masses of Pocahaunted and Grouper, the Inca Ore sound is evasive and all-but impossible to pick out with any certainty from behind that veil of effects and no-fidelity recording. The album closes on 'Wedding Day', which like so much of its second side, is caked in phase and sci-fi synth string sounds, while textures of unintelligible vocals waft directionlessly around. It's all very enjoyable, though it's hard to say exactly why - harder still to work out what, if anything, it all means.