Blind Man’s Colour – Wooden Blankets EP

January 01, 1970

(Kanine)

 

 

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In
the last two minutes of this all-too-brief EP, the lyrical apparition that
functions as a chorus for “Sleeping Bag” – “it doesn’t even matter/do you
really think that you’ll end up someplace better” – repeats itself just twice,
right as the muffled guitars, resampled beatbox percussion, and aquatically
reconfigured sound effects begin to dissolve into the ether. It’s an
intentionally fleeting moment, as if the two kids in Blind Man’s Colour were
utterly unsure that the sonic concoction they’d stumbled upon was actually
worth hanging onto.

 

 

Although
recorded around the same time as their well-received debut album (last year’s Seasons Dreaming), the six songs on Wooden Blankets don’t dig into the same
shimmering confidence and glo-fi optimism of that full-length. Instead, this EP
sounds much more like the kind of music that some musically gifted and socially
awkward high school kids might make. Of course, the two members of BMC were in
high school when they made this music, so that’s probably understandable. Yet,
while Seasons was a remarkably
mature-sounding set, the jittery insecurity of this EP makes for a much more
engaging and provocative listen.

 

 

A
cut like “We’re Treehouse Kids” – with a melodic undercarriage of menacingly
psychedelic calliope and sing-songy, super-distorto Animal Collective homage –
is blatantly aiming for a certain trippy sound, but never quite manages to nail
it; however, what BMC does hit is
altogether more interesting than their original target, resulting in a dizzying
eight minute dirge that’s both giddy and suffocating. However, it’s on both
ends of the EP – the aforementioned closing track, “Sleeping Bag,” and “Canoe
Paddles,” which opens the disc with an aggressive and plaintive wail of
vibed-out, sonic candy – that Blind Man’s Colour points to possible directions
for their next material. Whether it’s the latter’s fractured and abrasive
art-pop or the former’s ethereal insecurities is yet to be known, but the duo
is more than capable of easily delivering either. 

 

 

 

Standout Tracks: “Sleeping Bag,” “Canoe
Paddles” JASON FERGUSON

 

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