Boomkat Product Review:
Sean McCann’s Recital leave us in an altered state with Pretty As Ever, combining two records by the great Loren Mazzacane Connors for optimal emotional punishment with susceptible listeners and wounded lovers.
Ghostly as any Connors release, the spirits are felt super strongly on this one, taking songs originally issued on Sails [Table of the Elements, 2005] and The Little Match Girl [Road Cone, 2001] and slightly reshuffling them for a heart-rending effect which is only enhanced thru the addition of the artist’s own book of haunting pencil drawings of “Suzanne” and his succinct take on a classic tale set on Christmas Eve.
The A-side’s Pretty As Ever parts are just devastatingly intimate, like listening to an old friend unclamming about a failed relationship, while the B-side songs are just gut punchingly stark and eviscerating, barely even in the room with you. It’s the rawest emotion, distilled on black plastic.