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Album Review

For all the sounds, instruments, and musicians employed on Crooked Fingers, the sound of this collaboration by Archers of Loaf's Eric Bachmann and Brain Causey of Man or Astro-man? is curiously lo-fi; it's also astonishingly gorgeous in its orchestral minimalism. Guitar, looping cello, and eclectrochime guide the folky melodies. "New Drink for the Old Drunk" has a let's-raise-a-toast veneer but its sentiment is straight from the heart of darkness, as is "Man Who Died of Nothing at All." "Black Black Ocean" has a melody so finely crafted, it's for the ages. The writing seems effortless; it's easy to imagine the writer lived the words and heard the melodies swirling in his head to the point of madness. Though Bachmann's style has been compared to the dark hours of Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen, he also recalls a more deeply disturbed Tom Waits — especially on the sick, twisted, and beautiful "Juliette" and "She Spread Her Legs and Flew Away" — in no small part due to his 200-cigarettes croak.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Crooked Fingers was the solo project of singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, best known as the longtime frontman for North Carolina indie rock institution Archers of Loaf. A onetime saxophone major at Appalachian State University, he co-founded the Archers in Chapel Hill in late 1991; quickly emerging as a major local favorite, the band's off-kilter noise pop broke through on national college radio two years later with the release of the single "Web in Front," followed by a series of acclaimed LPs including...
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