The latest release from the netlabel Chinstrap Music is by Oblivian Substanshall and Anthony Donovan. Words that could possibly describe it are not found here, but in reality are at the edge of your finger tips. Words such as metabolite, lapel, curtain, renominating, and upwind are some of the words that have nothing to do with this release.
We will pretend the next statement to be fact: Many netlabels are an extension of the personality of the netlabel operator. I don’t want to spend too much time writing about Ergo Phizmiz, but if one listens to his music and follows him on Twitter (@ergophizmiz) then you know, not how twisted the music of Chinstrap is, rather how wonderfully distracting it all is.
With the release by Anthony and Substanshall, the musicians continue the maddening vein that is Chinstrap. The songs vacillate from glimpses of sounds you have heard to amalgamations of sounds your neighbors fear. Part collage and part folk songs (if folk songs were written for people like you and me), Anthony and Substanshall is nothing like other eponymous albums such as Bay City Rollers’ Bay City Rollers or Boz Scaggs’ Boz Scaggs or any of the three Cher’s Cher. We will pretend the next statement to be almost true: Anthony and Substanshall is like a haphazard musical auto-correct.
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