Dubious Ranger

Found Recordings From The Panda Valley Mining Company c.1931

by Jedd Beaudoin

4 June 2012

 
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Dubious Ranger

Found Recordings From The Panda Valley Mining Company c.1931

(Self-released)
US: 22 Oct 2011
UK: Import

With a title like this and the mustache Alexander Eccles wears on the front cover, you can’t expect to take this too seriously. It’s a meeting of the avant-garde and the Americana-minded that’s not entirely satisfying. Classically trained pianist Eccles is at his best when he’s not moving too far into uncharted territory. “1999” is a fine piece of pop but the opening “Sarsaparilla” is a joke that wears thinner than a hermit’s underwear within a few measures. Eccles and his co-conspirators don’t seem to know the material from which they borrow well enough to do it with conviction. Neither can they can convince us that this more than a lark.

Found Recordings From The Panda Valley Mining Company c.1931

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