New Music: Paul Brill

“Oh YEAH!”

Teetering on the brink of disaster; stumbling on the edge of sheer chaos; recording too many instruments for his own good. That’s Paul Brill for you. His new album, Harpooner, is a pretty perfect example of what happens when a pop musician of the lo-fi variety decides to make a mess, like Clue To Kalo in reverse (dude plays his own instruments before cutting them up). Beneath the collage, though, there’s real songwriting, heart, and John Vanderslice-aping vocals. Meet me in the laundry bin:

Paul Brill – “Consanguine”: mp3
Paul Brill – “Harpooner”: mp3

(Harpooner is due Nov. 21 on Brill’s own imprint, Scarlet Shame Records)