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PT Walkley, Thriller
Bathing Suit Music, Feb. 28

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Quite simple, this one, really: it sounds to me like this guy — whose 2009 LP Mr. Macy Walks Alone was a critical success in NPR’s eyes — simply listened to Figurine, Luke Temple and Grizzly Bear for a few weeks, then sat down to see how the three could be combined. What this means is low-tech Nintendo stuff bonded to a few helium-filled Beach Boys choruses, some ferociously clever sampling (opening tune “The Way That You Are” uses handclapped applause as percussion), glitch to taste, etc. Overall it’s a mellow, slacker-oriented sound a la Luke Temple, and it’d be very surprising if one or two of the more ploonky-doonky songs weren’t subjugated for use in some cheesebag crayon-painted smartphone commercial, and not just because Walkley’s already had his music heard in such things, along with Sesame Street, Team Umizoomi and the odd Hollywood also-ran flick. A male version of the proverbial Manic Pixie Dream Girl, he’s slyly wolfish and obviously disaffected (um, “Thriller?”), but dinner dates would be no problem as your brother could kick his ass with both hands tied behind his back. B —Eric W. Saeger






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