Ghosts and Vodka

Precious Blood

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In light of the grotesque cartoons throughout its lavish packaging and smug titles like "Futuristic Genitalia" and "Hot Dot Above, Tan Man Below," the smart, tightly-coiled instrumental pop which actually comprises Ghosts and Vodka's full-length debut Precious Blood seems almost contradictory. Fusing post-Tortoise guitar abstractions with the energy of emo (GNV's lineup includes alumni of Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc), the band's jagged, heady pop approach is undermined by its juvenile trappings -- knows music of this ilk needs a sense of humor, and blowing apart listener expectations is always a good idea, but when an album actually bears the liner-note credo "I want to salt your poop and wear it on my face like a beard," who in their right mind would actually lay down cold, hard cash for the opportunity to hear it? Of course, people who like stuff like Ghosts and Vodka don't actually pay for their records in the first place, but that's beside the point.

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