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Boomkat Product Review:
Mineapolis duo Peter Pisano and Brian Moen release their debut full-length for Jagjaguwar, and they're the latest artists to join the label from what it bills as "a burgeoning northern Midwest musical community", lining up alongside Bon Iver, Gayngs and Volcano Choir. The tone of the record immediately establishes itself as a kind of rough-cut, very modern kind of Americana. The recordings are crunching, lo-fi affairs and the duo's performances follow suit; presumably these songs are played out via the dilapidated and charmingly wretched looking equipment so proudly displayed on the sleeve photo. Fortunately, none of this obscures the prettiness of Pisano's melodies - in fact it lends songs like 'Crutch & Cane' a kind of weathered swagger that seems to fit just right. Better yet is 'Down Down Down', a song that makes a virtue of its minimal presentation, pairing rickety drums with a deceptively simple guitar part, only ornamenting the mix ever so slightly with a spot of keyboards and vibraphone. The rhythmic constituents of 'Untitled 101' are a little more forceful, making the drums a locomotive-like presence in the mix, while Pisano intones another winning melody. The details add considerable value, with a muffled old upright piano solo proving an unexpected highlight, elevating the song by a notch or two all by itself. Further proof that Peter Wolf Crier can rock pretty effectively as a stripped-down two piece comes with the aptly named 'Hard As Nails', whose thumping toms clatter alongside brooding electric guitar and airy falsetto backing vocals. Good stuff.