Boomkat Product Review:
Cult Kiwi guitarist and painter Donald McPherson’s early batch of lathe-cut songs surface posthumously on this proper, expanded vinyl edition also packing five further songs from his run of lathe-cut 7”/8”/10” releases c.1995-’96
Previously gathered up and issued digitally by the artist a year before his premature death in 2017, aged 50, ‘Some Songs’ offers the fullest portrait of McPherson’s improvised songcraft during its earliest phase of gestation in the mid ‘90s. This first vinyl edition proper packs all 15 songs from the album plus five from his subsequent run of singles, all cut by Mr. King’s legendary lathe and issued in minuscule editions, and all patently fugged-up with a gnarly fidelity that’s utterly integral to the sound.
Rambling and deliciously ramshackle, but delivered in rock ’n pop sized chunks, ‘Some Songs’ was perhaps so humbly titled and presented that it bypassed any wider attention at the time, and McPherson wouldn’t receive any broader attention until the ‘Bramble’ (2000) CD for Metonymic, which lead to his 2006 collaboration with Japanese avant-blues guitarist and primitivist Tetuzi Akiyama. But great songs always have a way of rising to the surface eventually, and ’Some Songs’ is brimming with the kind of jangly, dog-eared craft that’s been prized by everyone from Sonic Youth to Ariel Pink and countless lo-fi operators over the intervening years.