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Words and music performed and written by Joe Taylor except “Love Removal Machine” written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy. Recorded, mixed and mastered by JT. Cat pic photo: Kelly Price.
Blag’Ard, “Bitty Bop” (Pig Zen Space)
Ex-Capsize 7 Chapel Hill, NC’s Joe Taylor changes things up considerably on his belated successor 2012’s third LP, Fresh Candy, which made my 2012 Top 70 list. That seemed in the tradition of older Carolina kickers Polvo, Seam, Archers Of Loaf, and Superchunk; Bitty conversely advocates a solitary, spare slant, like ponderous solo six-string prog twiddling in interesting loop progressions followed by loud sheets of guitar damage over low in the mix barely-there drums and doomy vocal, and sometimes keyboards like the title track. It’s excellently unsettling and creepy-cold, like an introverted Bauhaus (Taylor sounds like Peter Murphy, and like Murphy, reminds of Diamond Dogs weirdo Bowie), though it’s that Northampton group’s Bradford contemporaries, The Cult, who get a cover—of 1987’s Electric’s “Love Removal Machine,” sounding more like their Southern Death Cult beginnings. Oooh, it makes the blood run cool! (pigzenspace.com)