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Gyrate [Gyrate Plus]

by Pylon
 
Pylon's first album, although it doesn't contain masterworks on the level of the first single "Dub" or the later single "Crazy," is considerably more consistent than the comparatively spotty Pylon!! and Chomp. This is Pylon at their purest, mixing the spartan angularity of Gang of Four with a

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Pylon's first album, although it doesn't contain masterworks on the level of the first single "Dub" or the later single "Crazy," is considerably more consistent than the comparatively spotty Pylon!! and Chomp. This is Pylon at their purest, mixing the spartan angularity of Gang of Four with a playfulness missing from similar U.K. bands like the Au Pairs or the early Mekons (or indeed from Gang of Four themselves) as well as the irresistible danceability of their Athens, GA, compatriots the B-52's. Yet Pylon never quite sounded like anyone except Pylon; their naïve instrumental style -- guitarist Randy Bewley claimed that he didn't even know the names of any notes or chords -- and singer Vanessa Briscoe's inimitable voice (moving from a flirtatious coo to a Meredith Monk shriek in the space of a line) and inscrutable lyrics are so idiosyncratic that they probably couldn't sound like anyone else any more than another band could tackle a Pylon song. (Remember the botch R.E.M. made of "Crazy"?) Highlights here include the spirited opener "Volume," the evocative instrumental "Weather Radio" (probably the prettiest song on the record), and Briscoe's impassioned "Feast on My Heart." Later pressings of this album replace the first track on side two, "Driving School," with "Recent Title." Both tracks are available on the 1989 compilation Hits. [DFA's 2007 remastered edition adds both sides of the band's first single ("Cool"/"Dub"), a B-side from the Cool 12" ("Danger!!") and a previously unreleased demo ("Functionality").]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Dfa Records
UPC:
0829732218121
catalogNumber:
2181

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Performance Credits

Pylon   Primary Artist
Randy Bewley   Guitar,Group Member
Vanessa Briscoe Hay   Vocals,Group Member
Curtis Crowe   Drums,Group Member
Michael Lachowski   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Fred Schneider   Liner Notes
Kevin Dunn   Producer
Bruce Baxter   Producer,Engineer
Randy Bewley   Cover Art,Label Design
Vanessa Briscoe Hay   Graphic Design
Hugo Burnham   Liner Notes
Eric Kupper   Remixing
Michael Lachowski   Graphic Design,Cover Art,Label Design
Michael Stipe   Liner Notes
Danny Beard   Executive Producer
Jonathan Galkin   Executive Producer
Chris Rasmussen   Engineer
Sean Bourne   Art Direction,Label Design
Watt King   Cover Art

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