Song of the Day 3/9/09: Clues - Perfect Fit
Caleb Moriarty, fellow review monkey and operator of bProp's homebuilt hyper-freshness radar (it looks like a metal detector, and it beeps like one too), has been hawking on me to check Clues, the new project from Alden Penner (a.k.a. the weirder, more compelling vocalist from The Unicorns). Considering Who WIll Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? is an album that floats on whimsy and lightheaded charm, I was surprised and a little frightened to find "Perfect Fit" don a serious mask. Well, more serious - the piano marches at a flexible tempo and tinny timber, spilling out from a 1950s movie somewhere, and Penner shifts from childlike goofiness to a sincere - if somewhat classical and dated - notion of romance. It's like a little story covered in shrink wrap, completely visible but protected behind a thin glinting layer. "I have seen the most incredible light, in your eyes..." - this line just doesn't seem real, even though the sentiment is undecorated. The whole thing's precarious, but oddly satisfying, and it makes me giddy to hear what the full release from Clues has to offer.
- Phillip Taylor-Parker
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