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Maxshh - "Feedback & PB" [CD] SAD060

"Feedback & PB" is the second full length record from Maxshh, the solo project of Max Goldstein (Fred Cracklin, Eieieio, et. al) composed about seven years ago, and tinkered with ever since. Following in the footsteps of 2020's "Half A Loaf" (named one of Post-Trash's 50 best of the year), "Feedback & PB" is a collection of songs that Maxshh was working on rerecording, and generally tweaking to perfection for half a decade. The end result is a gorgeous and multifaceted look at his work across time - there are sonic elements here from other more well known projects (Tundrastomper, Fred Cracklin) and textures and ideas yet unprecedented in his catalogue. Taken together, it is the pure uncut Maxshh that is so rending and genuinely exceptional. Tracks "Breakfast of Chimps," "Song for F," and "Achilles First Stand," traverse an enormous sonic palate, and yet they are decidedly of the same unfettered origin, showing the immense talent and creativity on display. Moments on "New Jane, New John" and "Hungry Hungry Hypocrite" push the boundary between the pedal-mania of Max's work with Vishnu Basement and the simpler bleeps and bloops associated with home recording. Here, and elsewhere on the record they intertwine, the analog digital (guitar pedals, live drums) being interspersed with the digitally analogue (direct-in keys, programmed drums), all exhibiting the building up and manipulation of this music over time. As in much of Maxshh's songwriting, the lyrics here skew towards animated realism, alluding to tactile sensations grotesque or intentionally understated in their language, serving as a throughline across the different geographies of the record. There is an immense amount here to bury oneself in, and certainly something for everyone.

Track Listing:

1. Song For F
2. Tweener
3. Cuddlesong
4. Achilles First Stand
5. Speeddial
6. All The Time For No Reason
7. 34s
8. Breakfast of Chimps
9. Hungry Hungry Hypocrite
10. Fishbowl (for Lrrr)
11. OK (100% Cover)
12. New Jane, New John
13. Alignment