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Mr. Wright

Star Time

(Le Grand Magistery)

Le Grand Magistery is making quite a name for itself with swanky Europop. Witness the recent Louis Phillipe release and the various efforts of the quite mad, but always entertaining Momus. Combining Momus’ keen wit with a suave musical sense, Mr. Wright is one Heter Kevin, formerly leader of the band Always on the old El Records label. Subtitled “Sidereal Sounds from Mr. Wright,” Star Time might have been better labelled “surreal sounds.” “The Man Who Was Not” makes that abundantly clear with its moogy synths intertwined with trumpets and dreamy vocals, while the appropriately-titled “Lost in Space” adds a droning rhythm guitar on the mellow vocals, interspersed with some truly whacked-out sounds, some of which sound like a high-tech version of a soundtrack for Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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