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Dan Melchior und das Menace – Hunger (2014)

2-11-2014, 19:24
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Dan Melchior und das Menace – Hunger (2014)

Artist: Dan Melchior und das Menace
Title Of Album: Hunger
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Castle Face Records
Genre: Alternative Rock, Lo-Fi
Quality: Mp3 | Flac
Bitrate: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 38:52 Min
Total Size: 102 Mb | 282 Mb


01. A Wizard Doesn't Need a Computer (2:16)
02. Night of Fear (3:15)
03. Rip It to Pieces (1:53)
04. Robotic Footprints (3:40)
05. Birdz (3:22)
06. Dungeon Blues (4:08)
07. Hunger (2:39)
08. Her Incredible Shoes (3:23)
09. Spooky Eyes (3:01)
10. Schadenfreude (2:11)
11. Parakeet (5:00)
12. Town Feeling (3:59)

Dan Melchior arrived in North Carolina by way of NYC, via England. In his 20s, he collaborated with Billy Childish and Holly Golightly (providing the latter with her slide from chipper Headcoatees garage into darker realms care of her landmark single "Your Love Is Mine"), while performing with his own rock combo, the Broke Revue. That group boiled up under street level all over Brooklyn and Manhattan for a number of years, releasing records that got better and better, until their masterwork double-album, O Clouds Unfold, was scrapped in a disagreement with his label. The band disintegrated and Melchior headed down south with his wife, Letha (formerly of the band Ruby Falls), to plot the next move, as the two started to record under the name Dan Melchior und Das Menace.

What's happened with the couple in the intervening years is unfathomable. Letha was diagnosed with cancer and has fought both against the disease and the state of healthcare providers and insurance in this country. Rather than stay at some menial job, Dan has doubled down on his art and music in her service, the two of them working separately and together to create a staggering body of work. Following Dan Melchior's career ought to qualify as part-time employment; so deep and diverse is his catalog, it's hard to keep up (Pitchfork's review of Hunger, a smashing new collection of material assembled from outtakes by Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer, cited Dan's last LP having been released in 2012 ... he's released five LPs in that span, along with a CD-R, some singles, and an LP and EP with the Lloyd Pack, his collaboration with members of UK ghost rockers the Pheromoans).

With such a deep bench, it's hard for newcomers to know where to begin. Hunger provides a rich and satisfying entry point into Dan's world. Spite drips from his voice, electronics bash into guitars like sloppy parallel parking, and just when the noise gets to be too much, beauty emerges. Songs follow their own paths, either because Dan's not done with you yet, or he's trying to show you something only he has seen. The scope of Hunger is a bit less fractious than some of his other works, possibly because he's not often placed in the hands of a curator, but this is a strong example of his more accessible work -- loud, jagged, and melodic rock that dips into folk tropes, and ultimately, the struggle that he and Letha contend with. Why Third Man or some other larger organization has turned a blind eye to Dan's music is anyone's guess, but here's hoping their fortunes begin to change for the better. Includes covers by the Move ("Night of Fear") and Kevin Ayers ("Town Feeling").

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