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Glenn Mercer, Incidental Hum (Bar None Records)


08/20/15



 Glenn Mercer, Incidental Hum (Bar None Records)

From 1976 to the present — sans a 16-year breakup period — the Feelies specialized in a texture-and-tone-oriented brand of post-punk. It didn’t generate a lot of record sales, but it was interesting enough that bands like R.E.M. cited them as influences. Mercer has been the Feelies’ leader all along, and his collaboration with fellow bandmember Bill Million produced the soundtrack to the indie film Smithereens, which led to an even more texture-centric writing method further manifested on this solo LP, a set of 15 instrumentals that touch on spaghetti-western (a little), beach-blanket surf-indie (a little more) and varying expressions of drone (a lot), much of it sounding like Kraftwerk, particularly the cheeseball version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which, given its brevity and naïve weirdness, comes off like a bizarre skit. Overall a weird little trip that would appeal to Stiff/Throbbing Lobster fanatics and similar fauna. B — Eric W. Saeger
 
 
 





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