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Aqueduct, Wild Knights (AqueductMusic)




Aqueduct, Wild Knights (AqueductMusic)
CD Reviews: August 6, 2015

08/06/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Aqueduct, Wild Knights (AqueductMusic)

It’s the first LP since 2007 from the Seattle-by-way-of-Tulsa indie band essentially consisting of David Terry except when in live-mode. 2007’s Or Give Me Death was his last for the Barsuk Records label, as this one appears to have been Kickstarted for his own imprint after Terry spent the last few years reflecting on whatever his slacker psyche needed for reenergizing. Fans are saying this picks up where he left off, but it sounds to me like he’s actually upped the sonic ante a little, even if his voice still evokes a Hoobastank kid trying to be Frank Black, not very attentive to maintaining a good position in front of the mike, a sure-fire way of sounding DIY — not that it’s necessary for attaching hipster-cred to this thing. Sure, there’s a ton of 1970s-radio melodic gravitas (some smarmy Eric Carmen cab-driver-classic would be a terrific cover for him), but it’s still awash in quirk, occasionally from the borderline cheesy keyboards but more often from the youthful, irreverent enthusiasm he can’t hide. If Flaming Lips were forced at gunpoint to make a pop record, this would probably be close. A- 





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