Jackson Pollack once said that "Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is."
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The Houston artist known as -Us is in pursuit of making music that reflects who he truly is. Certainly, what multi-instrumentaist Avery Davis has done is to distill the finer points of great -80s synthpop bands like New Order, Xymox, Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys into something emotionally raw and relevant. His first EP as -Us, V.XXVII.IX., is a promising first step in the process of earnest artistic self-discovery.
Older listeners wax nostalgic for magical moments music once held when they were young. Here, I remember hearing "Plainsong" by the Cure when Disintegration was released in 1989. I can remember riding in my friend's Datsun 280z during an overcast day when he slid the tape into the deck, a perfect setting for a band well-known for its melancholy mopery.
What happened next was nothing short of otherworldly.More »