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John Vanderslice: Trance Manual

 
John Vanderslice's, "Trance Manual", opens with an inhaling and exhaling note, a soughing wind lightened by ringing bells, which then give way to Vanderslice's superbly pitched vocal. His performance giving just a touch of blue to the tale of a foreign journalist seeking solace with an Iraqi prostitute (at least that's what I think it's about). Every so often, throughout the song, a touch of anxiety, or is it impatience, floats in when the churning cello of Erik Friedlander appears. You may think I've lost it, but somehow this song recalls for me, Destroyer, in more mellow moments. Destroyer's Dan Bejar, if he could just relax, stretch out in the summer sun and sleep off half a bottle of Pinot Noir.

Slip your headphones on and luxuriate in the aural atmosphere of "Trance Manual".

Alan Williamson
*Sixeyes

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