Sunday, January 1, 2012

36 Songs, 36 Days, Day One (2012 Edition): The Siamese Survived by Slim Twig

Can you see me now?
And so we start a new cycle with an overflow, but a smaller one than last year...and a peculiar indie song from Toronto that sounds like it belongs in another era.

Slim Twig is the musician persona of actor Max Turnbull, and said persona seems very heavily rooted in the weird neo-noir music tradition that briefly flowered in the mid-to-late 80's; this song, with its skronking rockabilly melody, mannered vocals and story-song structure all evoke the work of Nick Cave, middle period (Giant-era) Warren Zevon and especially post-Wall of Voodoo Stan Ridgway. Hell, you could see this easily fitting on Ridgway's third, most experimental and problematic album, Partyball, or on one of the albums he recorded as part of the Drywall project. It's quirky and a little off-putting, but also on some level compelling, as if we're listening to the soundtrack to a long-lost spaghetti western we're never going to see.

And I wish I could tell you more, but Turnball's vocals are so overmannered that I can't interpret them clearly. There is certainly a story here about, well, someone called The Siamese surviving something he shouldn't, but beyond that I can't tell you much. What I can tell you is that the EP this song is from, Spit It Twig Volume Two, is still available for free at bandcamp. I wouldn't say Slim Twig is for everyone, but those people who appreciate a vocalist who isn't conventional might get a kick out of him. I will point you to another song on this EP, 'Norma Jean,' which is softer in nuance but no less outre.

No video for this song, but here's one for another song of his, so you can decide if he's for you.

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