February 3, 2012

Getting Singled

Nice review from the erudite Mr Bill Meyer.

"There was once a swell electronic band in Chicago called I ♥ Presets. These Wonderful Evils is the one man band of Zak Boerger, former Chicagoan, who has nothing to do with I ♥ Presets, but who seems pretty comfortable with preset drum machine rhythms. Since he likes his drum machines best if they’re old enough to run for president, this predilection is not at all problematic, but brings some pleasant baggage. Whenever his beat box starts sputtering like a tango in a pint-sized milk carton, I start thinking about Eno ca. Another Green World, and that’s a pretty quick way to start smiling. The drum machine only stands out because rest of the instruments on this record are guitars; clean and suspended, grimy and distorted, always waving like a siren from the far side of a rainbow of reverb. Although the music is entirely instrumental and the tracks are long, they get to the point in a way that’s pretty satisfying. Hefty pressing on variably colored vinyl (mine is swirly rose), and different sources assert a pressing size of 200, 205, or 208; choose your truth."

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