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Carey Mercer and Blackout Beach: More than Just Gothic Strangeness


By: Spacelab Research Staff

Carey Mercer , who's in more bands than you can shake a stick at (OK, Frog Eyes and Swan Lake), is releasing a new album from another one of his projects in January called Skin of Evil.

Acting under the name Blackout Beach (which is really Mercer working solo incgnito), he unveils the musical masterpiece as the story of Donna, her lovers, and atmospherics (I think). Not the kind of atmospherics that Al Gore talks about when he shows up at George Bush's Oval Office with a Nobel Prize, but the kind of atmospherics that Roxy Music used to invoke.

"I wrote this record because I desired to make something that stays on task. I picked an easy task: desire, longing, flight, the sorrow of absence...the DNA of most good songs. The heart of the record is simple to describe: beautiful Donna and the men she has left. Eight past lovers, some bitter, some crushed, all in some state of duress, all still in love. Each dude gets his song. Donna gets her song. William, her boyfriend, gets his song," Mercer told Pitchfork when describing the album.

Check out the two MP3's below to see how this works in real time.

The opening track "Cloud of Evil" sets up a schizophrenic and haunting start with multiple people on vocals -- Mercer, Donna, and one of her lovers.

The album's closing song, "Astoria, Menthol Lite, Hilltop, Wave of Evil, 1982",  is a combination of echoey darkness and shaky, tremolo vocals ... all manic and scary until the end when it settles into a placid repetition of of calmness.

Skin of Evil will be released on Soft Abuse on January 20th.


 MP3: Blackout Beach - Cloud of Evil


 MP3: Blackout Beach - Astoria, Menthol Lite, Hilltop, Wave of Evil, 1982



Blackout Beach - Skin of Evil Track List
01. Cloud of Evil
02. Biloxi, In a Grove, Cleans Out His Eyes
03. William, the Crowd, It's William
04. The Roman
05. Woe to the Minds of Soft Men
06. The Whistle
07. Nineteen, One God, One Dull Star
08. Three Men Drown in the River
09. Sophia, Donna, I Was Down the River Waiting
10. Astoria, Menthol Lite, Hilltop, Wave of Evil, 1982


Tags: Blackout Beach, Carey Mercer

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