East River Pipe
Garbageheads On Endless Stun (Merge)
By: Cam Lindsay
Prolific singer/songwriter F.M. Cornog, or East River Pipe as he's known to fans, has finally released his first batch of new songs since 1999's critically applauded The Gasoline Alley. With an unmatched simplicity and a set of lyrics that poetically tell the truth and nothing but the truth through the eyes of strangers, Garbageheads On Endless Stun shimmers in elegant minimalism. Writing, producing and performing every song by himself, Cornog embraces new wave technology by dating his sound back about 20 years. His melodies are rich and filled with bitter-sweetness and despair as he tells stories through the eyes of ill-fated characters, such as gun toting psychos ("I Bought A Gun In Inrvington"), lonely hitchhikers ("Girls On The Freeway") and desperate prostitutes ("Streetwalkin' Jean"). The overall mood is kind of a downer, but with his masterful way of treating heartbreak with a tiny dose of hope, he fails to make it a complete depressant and succeeds in producing another introspective collection of pop gems.
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