Sisyphus Banana Peel

Sisyphus Banana Peel

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Remember Das Damen? It's been a decade, but the old New York SST band use to play around here a lot, and now guitarist/singer Phil Carter is back with his "first fully arranged project" since. With "homage references" to John Entwistle, the Ramones, and George Harrison, and thanks to Aristophanes, Camus, and Woody Allen, Carter is a funny, existential '00s guy. But he makes an unhurried sort of old folk-rock filled with quiet spaces, lighthearted piano, trumpets, and low-register acoustics, making a sort of early-'70s art rock witches brew. Think All Things Must Pass meets Tim Buckley, or the first two Entwistle solo LPs without the decibels (sorry, don't hear any Ramones here at all, other than the inserted snatch of "Loudmouth" which sounds more like the Who doing Tommy!) Over this he sings with his plaintive voice, sounding calm and focused on the best song, "Swing It," and in general coming across as a real mellow dude calling the pop of his childhood to come out and play. But not loud enough to bother the neighbors. (www.philcarter.com)