Robert Robinson — “Dead Possum”


SORE EROS’s ROBERT ROBINSON ventures into solo territory for the first time on CONNECTICUT RIVER, his new LP out now on FEEDING TUBE RECORDS (as innately obvious a pairing as is imaginable). The thing sparkles regularly as my very young son Zachary and I go through the vinyl-music-playing ritual and listen to this record as morning appears. Again and again I must say. The whole thing feels like a dream, but someone else’s dream, that I’ve been invited to sit in on.

An outstretched hand beckons. The edges of the frame are frosted. A drum machine pitter patters and is then joined by other drums that are living. Living. Much like the possum/opossum in the video for Connecticut River’s track “Dead Possum.” The video, created by Andrew Drazek, is wonderful accompaniment for the woozy ’60s pop fun-house that Robinson’s music places before us. Baritone leaps to falsetto. The drums drift by as if on a raft passing down that river. We’re on shore with mutant, bubbling guitars, and a raccoon and a possum are dealing with one another pretty reasonably. Feeding Tube is just so natural a fit for this music and this psychedelia-drenched world that it evokes. Massachusetts label friends. Massachusetts psychedelic majesty. Record features all manner of deep-pool Mass sound hero: Sam Gas Can, Murph, John Moloney, Gary War. Outta sight. Guy just came through and played at Lilypad the other day. Was a stunner.

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