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Fingers Cut Megamachine

Fingers Cut Megamachine: Pipe DreamsPipe Dreams (2005)
Thick Records

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Fingers Cut Megamachine's debut album was postponed a number of times before being released, so it seems surprising that Devon Williams could crank out an EP only seven months later. Still, nothing here seems rushed. The six songs on Pipe Dreams are hushed and relaxed acoustic numbers that dabble in.
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Fingers Cut Megamachine's debut album was postponed a number of times before being released, so it seems surprising that Devon Williams could crank out an EP only seven months later. Still, nothing here seems rushed. The six songs on Pipe Dreams are hushed and relaxed acoustic numbers that dabble in folk, country, and indie pop as they move from moments of isolation and longing to bursts of self-assurance and exultation.

The instrumentation is more minimalist this time around, making Pipe Dreams more Elliott Smith than Wilco. Williams uses much more picking than straight strumming, and percussion only appears on a couple tracks in the form of bass drum, tambourine, and maracas. By stripping away some layers, the songs take on more of an intimate and emotionally charged feel.

Opener "Mud Hands" and closer "Shadows in the Dark" are somber and serene. Williams mixes moody note picking with restrained vocals to give the songs a bedroom performance feel. "Our Love" and "Mousetrap," on the other hand, are bouncy tunes just dying to break out. The former is the only track to feature any electric guitar, while both show that Williams has become even more adept vocally. His voice sounds stronger, while his execution of harmonies and layered vocals is often beautiful.

Sandwiched between these four songs are "Wings of Mother" and "Arrows." While the two tracks are essentially solo performances, they seem to stem from more of a "half full" philosophy than the EP's opener and closer.

The singer/songwriter's only questionable choice on the EP seems to be the inclusion of keys in certain songs. At times it works great by creating an almost string-like backing, but on "Our Love" it sounds like a synth line was stolen from an `80s pop song and interjected where it did not belong. Still, it doesn't ruin the song as much as cause an eyebrow to be raised.

Devon Williams has again demonstrated that he is a talented songwriter that is well versed in Americana on Pipe Dreams.

 

 
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RondoMondo (November 27, 2005)

This is awesome. Wow.

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

if anybody has this, please send it to me via AIM to "we must create" because i'm poor and sad and need it.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

Is this the strange boy from Osker's new project?, I heard he was out touring with Mike Jones for awhile as his "TRIM coordinator"

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

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Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

Shut up, fascist. This EP is great. In fact, it's the best EP of the year.

-Chinatown

Crookedsuperhero (November 26, 2005)

Let's not get ahead of ourselves...this is pretty good, not amazing.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

incredible

fritobandito (November 26, 2005)

I NEED to pick this up at some point, I absolutely loved FCMM's first release.

I miss Osker a lot, but this shit is awesome.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

Love this band, Love this cd, cant wait for more.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (November 25, 2005)

i've been meaning to buy this. i'm glad to hear that i'll probably be happy with it.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

This record is AWESOME. It's no Osker, but that's not a bad thing.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

lol a/s/l
got noodz?!!!!11111

AlmostPunkEnough (November 25, 2005)

i still got your AIM name. i'll IM you next time i see you on.

Mute98 (November 25, 2005)

hey almostpunkenough, whats your screen name again? do u mind sending that cd to me? well i come home on sunday

AlmostPunkEnough (November 25, 2005)

i thought this was so boring at first with the exception of 'Mousetrap', but after listening to it at least a dozen more times, i realized this shit is fucking genius.

absolutley great.

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