“Act Of Ten­der­ness (LP incl. down­load)” W.25TH

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Fe­bru­ary 23. Cindy Lee is the diva al­terego of singer / gui­tarist / drag queen Pa­trick Flegel, the one-time cap­tain of her­alded Cana­dian ex­per­i­men­tal gui­tar pop act, Women. As Cindy Lee’s first long-form state­ment, Act Of Ten­der­ness makes use of an­tipo­dal themes to cre­ate a liv­ing sound: static with grace, dis­tor­tion and su­gar, all mas­ter­fully ar­ranged with crooked nods to­ward pop clas­si­cism. The lay­ered vo­cal on “Power And Pos­ses­sion” cre­ates a pal­pa­ble haunt, bring­ing his­tor­i­cal girl-group lament to choir-es­que heights. The feed­back shriek and in­dus­trial grind of “Bon­sai Gar­den” pro­vides near-op­er­atic dam­age, yet never stum­bles into the ir­re­vo­ca­bly grave. Th­ese snowy pieces give the al­bum a de­cid­edly cin­e­matic feel, al­beit one bent more to­wards Eraser­head. Orig­i­nally re­leased in a scant pri­vate edi­tion in 2015, Su­pe­rior Viaduct’s im­print W.25TH is pleased to give Act Of Ten­der­ness its de­serv­ing wide re­lease.

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