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Blackout Beach - Skin of Evil

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#1 surlacarte



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Posted 24 November 2008 - 05:30 AM

In 2008, following a series of stops & starts, Mercer created Skin of Evil, his second Blackout Beach full length. Composed, played and recorded entirely by Mercer alone, the album contains a story arc based loosely upon the classic Greek notion of the ideal woman. --Mercer's bio on Soft Abuse

There was a brief, totally out of place discussion of this in the Salmon thread when "Cloud of Evil" leaked, but there should be a thread, especially now that Stereogum has released a second track, "Astoria, Menthol Lite, Hilltop, Wave of Evil, 1982".

So far, I'm pretty excited about this album. The heavily reverbed production on these two tracks creates a dreamier feel that softens Mercer's sharper edges and makes him a bit more accessible without subtracting from the weirdness or complexity. Plus it's everything's "of evil."

What do you think of these tracks so far?