Victor Banana

Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

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Victor Banana's soundtrack to Daniel Clowes' seminal independent comic series "Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron," originally serialized in his Eightball title, perfectly evokes the comic's creepy-kitsch vibe -- reverbed guitar riffs, shrill vibraphone leads, and exotica-flavored sound effects create an otherworldly timelessness that ideally complements Clowes' retro-postmodernism. Unlike actual Hollywood soundtracks, the songs actually have something to do with the source material -- the lyrics namecheck key characters and plot developments, and the atmospheric production boasts a genuinely cinematic flair. A wonderful sleeve drawn and designed by Clowes rounds out the package.