With the implosion of the artful indie-rock band Pedro the Lion and the indeterminacy of electronic project Headphones, David Bazan chose to reassert himself as a control freak in the privacy of his own surrealism, rather than as a freak trying to control band dynamics. On last year's Fewer Moving Parts, he savors revenge "You're so creative with your reviews of what other people do" and confesses that his own creative process re-channels neuroses, if not sadism. "So every time I find a girl beaten, gagged and bound," he sings with shifty self-discovery, "I let her go and write it down." Bazan sings and plays his mind, whether he's savaging the inhuman politics of a "Backwoods Nation" or unearthing melodies from the hurdy-gurdy of bulky synths, chunky guitar chords and splattering drums.
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