To continue with the theme of cheap cheap prices and AM/FM, I give to you their debut full-length¬†Mutilate Us, which succeeds their debut EP Audiot (which was actually released on Skylab Operations, a shortlived label Her Space Holiday actually released an album on). On¬†Mutilate Us, you get more untainted indie rock goodness.¬†Polyvinyl¬†is going to give you this goodness for the same price as¬†Getting Into Sinking for a limited time only for their Black Friday sale – $3.60. The vinyl is actually cheaper than the mp3 download! I don’t recall seeing a limited full length LP so cheap ever since Her Space Holiday’s self-titled $5 clear LP. With this release, they had a rotating door on who played with members from Aspera Ad Astra (one of whose songs Her Space Holiday actually remixed), Lenola, Ink & Dagger and more. If you’re not exactly a fan of what you hear, this can still be a great Christmas gift for a vinyl junkie! Check out¬†Mutilate Us below and see what you think of it. Cheers!
At 26, Brian Sokel had played in numerous bands throughout the years, but stuck most notably with Franklin. After the recording of what was to be Franklin's final release, Sokel found himself working on four-track recordings of songs that didn't fit the mold of the band's sound.
With several cassette tapes of these four-track demos, Sokel brought on long-time friend Michael Parsell to add dimension to the then, acoustic-only songs. The pair labeled themselves AM/FM and what transpired was a semi-revolutionary method of folk deconstruction.
Trying to break free from a more traditional idea of music that is written, arranged and then recorded, AM/FM chose to enter the studio with frames of songs rather than complete visions. This allowed the songs to form their own identity during the creative process of recording rather than being already regimented to a certain mold.
Enlisting the help of other members of Philadelphia-based bands such as Franklin, Lenola, Aspera Ad Astra, Ink & Dagger, and others, AM/FM created a project where interaction and collaboration is the real focus.
After six months in the studio, AM/FM brought forth Mutilate Us, the studio project's first full-length. Multi-layered vocal harmonies play over tunes that twist and turn from acoustic pulses into electric coughs and howls. A rustic and organic exploration into contemporary Americana that lyrically and musically contradict from song to song.
What remains true is the simple honesty with which the songs are presented -- an honesty that makes AM/FM's songs universal.
Release Date: Mar 6, 2001
"It's like a piston blasting warm guitar pop at incredible speeds." Pitchfork
"Mutilate Us is a brilliant pop record, at times reminiscent of a less experimental Pavement and strongly rooted in the sensibilities of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys." Rockpile
"A highly engaging and original debut full-length." DIW
"Mutilate Us seemingly incorporates a little bit of everything - late-night paeans, open-plains balladeering, glazed-over '70s rock, cluttered indie pop - then wraps it in a skewered lo-fi package to give it context and date it decidedly to the postmodern 21st century." All Music Guide
"AM/FM proves once again that great timeless pop music can indeed arise from alienation, irony, misery and a good rhythm section." Amplifier
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