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Alec K. Redfearn And The Eyesores: Sister Death

Jeez, where to start with this little oddity! Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores have been around for over a decade, and this latest Cuneiform Records release is their seventh album overall. Now, we normally can count on Cuneiform to put out stuff that's a bit off the beaten path, but if you REALLY want to venture out into avenues unknown, this collection of cabaret, prog rock, avant-garde, folk,electronica, and jazz is something you might want to consider.

To be honest, even after listening to Sister Death a few times, I'm still not sure what to make of it. There's a wealth of different vocal styles (male and female), and the instrumentation is eclectic to say the least. Can't remember the last time I heard this much accordion in music of this nature, and it's almost jarring hearing that instrument so prominently on the almost polka-ish "Fire Shuffle" when it's interrupted by a scorching electric guitar solo and them some bluesy harmonica. These guys certainly utilize a ton of different instruments throughout the album, which does keep you on your toes, but at times it can get a bit overwhelming. There's also a sense of bleakness & doom in spots, like on "The 7 and 6", which almost sounds like a collision between The Doors and Smashing Pumpkins. For me the track that worked the best was "Hashishin", a fun tune with a cool Middle Eastern vibe complete with many guitar layers and intricate percussion.

Give Mr. Redfearn and his band some credit for coming up with something so bizarre and different-Sister Death is most certainly not going to be for everyones tastes, but it's an intriguing listen nontheless.

Track Listing
1. Fire Shuffle
2. Unawake
3. The 7 and 6
4. Longreach
5. Amplifier Hum
6. Black Ice
7. Exhumed
8. Scratch
9. Hashishin
10. St. James Infirmary / Headless Emcee
11. Wings of the Magpie
12. In the Morning

Added: December 9th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band @ Cuneiform Records
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Language: english

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Alec K. Redfearn And The Eyesores: Sister Death
Posted by Alec K. Redfearn on 2012-12-11 18:37:37
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Thanks for the kind words!
Though, I feel the need to point out that the solo on Fire Shuffle was not played on guitar.
The first half is accordion run through distortion and wah wah pedals and the second half is chromatic harmonica run through an analog delay.

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