The Concussive Caress, or, Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along With the Vacuum

The Concussive Caress, or, Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along With the Vacuum

by The Blow


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The Concussive Caress, or, Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along With the Vacuum

Listening to The Concussive Caress feels much like listening to the soundtrack of an amiable, slightly goofy independent short film that focuses more on reflective states of mind than a plot. Khaela Maricich, who recorded and produced this album herself (with guest appearances by half a dozen friends), gets a lot from a little, using moody, pulsating lo-fi electronic tones and rhythms to back her ruminations, which strike a balance between the wistful and the matter of fact. In some respects it's like listening to one-half of a disjointed telephone conversation, with top-of-the-head-sounding lyrics that often yearn for or comment on intimacy, romantic or otherwise. It's not all electronic, with well-placed interjections of piano and strings, and it's not as inaccessible as the above description might make it out to be, as Maricich's tunes and vocal delivery have a light singalong feel. In spirit this is akin to an early-21st century continuation of the angularity of the Raincoats and the spare electro-rock burbles of the Young Marble Giants. Yet there's more of an isolated, bouncing-around-a-desert-cave feel to the Blow's oddness, though at its peak, as on "Gravity (Pauline's Response to Amy)" and "The Warriors' Hearts," it evokes both throbbing passion and morning-after-the-bomb melancholy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: K. Records
UPC: 0789856115327
catalogNumber: 153

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blow   Primary Artist
Jason Anderson   Guitar,Drums
Anna Huff   Keyboards,Sangbe Drum
Ian Ackerman   Strings
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn & Ginger Brooks Takahashi   Sangbe Drum
Jenn Kliese   Strings,Cello
Khaela Maricich   Group Member
Jason McCloud   Trombone
Nora Danielson   Violin
Bec Giffen   Sangbe Drum
Lucas Grey   Voices,Sangbe Drum
Joe Kuta   Cornet

Technical Credits

Blow   Engineer
Jason Anderson   Producer
Anna Huff   beats
Khaela Maricich   Composer,Engineer
Stefan Simikich   Engineer
Megan Milewski   Feedback
Jeri Beard   beats
Jennifer Biegel   Feedback
Susan Ploetz   Engineer

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