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  • Tragic Figures [Independent Project, 1983] B

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Tragic Figures [Independent Project, 1983]
First side is somehow sui generis and foreordained at the same time, and how to describe it? Flipper doing Afropop originals? Maturing hardcore boys who like Talking Heads more than the Doors? Unwired Wire? How about auteurist noise guitar played for one-dimensional melody over recently learned but not quite clumsy drum syncopations? Unfortunately, there are also vocals, your basic self-important postadolescent whine and yowl. On side two, the vocals take over. B