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Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin with Norwood Grimes — Drummssdullville
(Bandcamp Electric Phantom no#, 2023, CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2023-06-01

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If you’ve been following the enigmatic Miss Petunia for the past several years, you will be surprised by her new collaboration with Norwood Grimes, a native bass player turned multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Miss Petunia is known for her previous two avant-rock concept albums: I Left My Heart in Uncanny Valley and Fish Eyes and Glue, as well as some freaky videos that draw comparisons with The Residents and other outré bands. For this new album, this intrepid duo embark on a strange journey to Drummssdullville, where they’ve produced eight melodic prog rock and New Wave tinged songs that flirt with Miss Petunia’s bizarre world. Drummssdullville is by far the most palatable music Miss Petunia has produced, and her best to date. Her vocals are an amalgamation of Nina Hagen, Siouxsie Sioux, and of course Petunia-Liebling herself. Cheesy cheap keyboard sounds abound to lend a trippy psych ambience, along with reversed tapes, surreal multi-tracked voices, and Norwood’s guitar work. The result being that Drummssdullville lands somewhere in between the freaky weirdness of the Residents and 70s progressive rock. There is even a nod to Museo Rosenbach with the song title “Hall of the Hourglass,” though the song does not sound like Italian prog. And, lo and behold, there is a bit of Petunia rap on “Any Different.” The entire album is great and deserves recognition.

Filed under: New releases, 2023 releases

Related artist(s): Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin

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