Skeletons & the Girl-Faced Boys 


Git is the future of pop music; unfortunately, that future is years away. Such is the plight of innovative bands. I hope I'm wrong, but Skeletons & the Girl-Faced Boys seem too weird to win over the masses with the directness and simplicity of the White Stripes or Interpol. Nevertheless, this is genuine pop, albeit pop suspended in a netherworld where Arthur Russell, the Associates, Philip Glass, and Tonto's Expanding Head Band set the stylistic parameters. Led by honey-voiced Matt Mehlan (who recorded three solo albums solo before assembling a group for this one), Skeletons capture a new form of sonic beauty that is vaguely familiar, but mostly beguilingly bizarre. Git's melodies, rhythms, and textures are all extraordinarily unusual and off-putting, but once you acclimate yourself, the prog-gamelan-soul-funk and vocal acrobatics begin to make sense, like David Lynch's Mulholland Drive after a third viewing. If only Mehlan and his buddies would change their name.


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