Art Feynman | Blast Off Through the Wicker

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An endearing collection of songs that capture the ear with warm-yet-clear cassette aesthetics and spot-on musicianship. Drawing inspiration from Arthur Russell’s spacey tenderness, it shows great respect without adopting their muse’s palette wholesale.

A1 – Eternity In Pictures
A2 – Slow Down
A3 – Can’t Stand It
A4 – Feeling Good About Feeling Good
A5 – Two Minor
B1 – Win Win
B2 – Hot Night Jeremiah
B3 – I Rain You Thunder
B4 – Party Line
B5 – Small House Blues

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Blast Off Through the Wicker documents Art Feynman looking for life in the lifeless, questioning what it means to be living. There is a calm, disciplined pocket to be felt in everything Feynman does; krautrock slink, staccato bounce, and pentatonic bursts of Nigerian Highlife fuzz pour on the temporal canvas with unquestionable ease, never falling in the wrong place. Even more admirable is, that his “canvas” is a four-track tape recorder, and that Blast Off features no loops or drum machines despite its aesthetically faithful motorik and afrobeat underpinnings. Nowhere is this fact more surprising than on album standout “Slow Down” which pulses along infectiously with a crunchy backbeat, and deftly arpeggiating bass lines that are so locked-in that it would be hard to fault an unknowing ear for assuming the whole thing is tediously programmed.

There are gentler sides to Blast Off that conjure the spacey tenderness of Arthur Russell inventively and respectfully, without adopting their muse’s palette wholesale. In this regard Blast Off is an endearing collection of songs that capture the ear with warm-yet-clear cassette aesthetics and spot-on musicianship, both of which form an angle that points lovingly to Feynman’s deep and varied influences. Make no mistake– this one truly is alive.

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