CMU Approved

Approved: Slim Twig

By | Published on Thursday 13 December 2012

Slim Twig

Slim Twig is the slender, woodsy guise of Canada’s Max Turnbull, collaborator and marital partner of (the also CMU approved) US Girls, aka Megham Remy. Having toyed with a miscellany of 1960s pop trinkets in his first LP of 2012, August’s ‘Sof Sike’, he has just self-released a new concept record, ‘A Hound At The Hem’, via his and Remy’s label Calico Corp.

Based on Serge Gainsbourg’s dark ‘Lolita’-esque ‘Histoire De Melody Nelson’, this spiny, sourish knot of mini psych melodramas was apparently deemed too strange, too ‘un-pop’, by Turnbull’s usual label, Paper Bag Records, and even by lo-fi auteur Alex Zhang-Huntai of Dirty Beaches fame, a peer of Turnball whom he asked for critique. And that’s saying something, because the Dirty Beaches ouvre is weird. But still, as dark, odd and awkward as it is, ‘A Hound At The Hem’ is free to hear via Bandcamp and really worth a play or two:

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