Burnt Envelope is one of the many projects of WMass’ Tony Pasquarosa (SQRM, World Domination, Crystalline Roses, etc). In a similar vein to his Gluebag project, Burnt Envelope plays punk influenced in part by both classic rock and folk rock. Alien Nation: Collected Singles Thus Far collects 14 of these tracks, from seven unreleased singles by the band. Covers of tracks by the likes of The Doors, Lazy Smoke, and The Ramones (a particularly great cover of Poison Heart) give you an idea of what you’re in for. The nearly spoken vocals and hazy guitar give these songs a feel somewhere between campfire songs and lo-fi bedroom punk. Again, the only real comparison that comes to mind for Burnt Envelope is Gluebag, only more intimate and chilled out, although there are moments that sound like they could be from the spacey psych-punk of a World Domination track too. While KBD should be viewed as a frame of reference for this music, these projects’ overlap and multiplication show an immensely personal vision built more on an evolving musical cosmos than the influences and traditions they grow from. These may or may not still be available from Tony on his new label Burnt Out Tapes.
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