Pour, Rip...No! LP review [Rhizome]

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Pour, Rip...No! LP review [Rhizome]
May 19, 2003, 04:29


This willfully mysterious project bearing the confounding moniker Pour, Rip…No! seems to be based on the close-mic'd otherworldliness of artists like Jandek and Warn Defever—witness the ‘free' harmonica, atonal vocals, drums played with careless abandon, and Jandek-evoking titles like “Archie Slept” for starters. Pointlessly recorded at the Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes, the music of Pour, Rip…No! is too controlled and too contrived to set the desired mood. No noise-generating apparatus is off limits to Pour, Rip…No!, who utilize penny whistles, thumb piano and junk sound to adorn the skeletal and pained yearnings learned from a hundred much better records. The LP is problematic from start to finish, especially the singing, which is ghastly where it should be ghostly. While the record does succeed in casting a troubled shadow, we longtime appreciators of cracked loner moves are always rightfully skeptical of ‘weird' records with accompanying press kits. Pass. [Rhizome Recordings]

-James Jackson Toth

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