Tuesday, November 16, 2010

So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite

Dreamend is a project fronted by Ryan Graveface, who also serves as a member of Black Moth Super Rainbow and proprietor of Graveface Records. So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite is their third album, and it is fucking awesome. Through a series of nightmarish folk songs, each one heavy on banjo, bells, guitar, organ and fearlessly honest vocals, the album chronicles the events in the life of a serial killer who acts on his destructive fantasies and impulses. I don't think songs about brutal murder are usually this catchy:
Graveface believes an album isn't complete without distinctive custom artwork and the unique personal touch of on-site assembly, which frequently entails time consuming, literal cutting and pasting, e.g., the pop-up book packaging from Dreamend's last album. Upping the ante, the LP version of So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite is presented like a phenakistoscope, a classic Victorian animation machine:

Find out more at Graveface.com
"For all its dark and horrific ponderings, So I Ate Myself succeeds in nearly every way. It elucidates the thoughts of a decided anti-hero, and in doing so captures the frustrations of a media-saturated, materialistic generation. On his label site, Graveface pitched this as the first of two volumes, indicating that the next installment would arrive sometime in 2011. With the first, he has clearly surpassed all expectations in the indie-folk field." - Tiny Mix Tapes