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Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't

Lost in the Pancakes

(Cloud Recordings / Secretly Canadian; US: 5 Jul 2011)

I don’t quite know the correct phrase for members of the ‘90s indie group, the Olivia Tremor Control: best of friends, or incestual? Even when the group took some time off in 2000, they all continued to play on each other’s projects (Circulatory System, the Instruments, the late BP Helium). However, Peter Erchick’s Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t is without a doubt the most accessible, paying homage to the more-piano driven tracks in the Beatles catalog, as well as mimicking a stripped-down Bowie. Taking his name from an illustrated children’s book he read as a child, Erchick uses Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t as an outlet for nostalgia, reflection, and loss, but with the charm of “Carry That Weight”. Though most likely disappointing to fans of his other bands’ experimental rock, Lost in the Pancakes has a genuine charisma to which all indie rock fans can relate.

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Matt has been reviewing for PopMatters for only a short while, but he's been obsessed with music ever since he started forming memories. He watches way more TV and Netflix than he ever reads, but when he does read, he reads Bill Simmons' Grantland. He contributes to MVREMIX, as well as writes for his own blog, The-lysine-contingency.tumblr.com. He resides in Los Angeles.


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