Paul A. Rosales/r. Stevie Moore - Eyes/pulled Over
Generations collide on this 7" single, but it is an appropriate pairing. Paul A. Rosales, whose "Wonder Wheel I" was one of the best records of 2010, albeit one of the least heard. Rosales' knack for no-budget psychedelia and a pop sense as brilliant as it is skewed, produces almost effortless hooks and melodies and, well, wonder. His "Eyes" is a brooding, lo-fi pop tune infused with odd harmonies and time changes, monotone but rhythmic vocals, and offers new evidence of his growing talents as a producer.
That evidence spills over to "Pulled Over," a collaboration with the legendary R. Stevie Moore. Moore will someday have a monument erected in his honor, not so much for his 400 releases or his pioneering work in lo-fi, basement recording (which he began some thirty years ago in total obscurity), but for his ability to remain inspired, hip to new trends, but loyal to his own unique vision. This track is slow and meditative, dream-like and minimal, but warm and grounded in a sense of the awe of sound and of the ability to create it that is a key component of each artist's power.
A quick six minutes in the world of Paul A. Rosales and R. Stevie Moore ought to be enough of a taste to get you searching and listening to whatever you can track down. "Eyes/Pulled Over" is a memorable and rich experience.
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