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American Wrestlers

From Pitchfork:
“Here’s a complete rundown on the available information on American Wrestlers: he’s a Scotsman who used to record under a different, presumably well-known name before getting picked up by Fat Possum and he now lives in Missouri. Of course, the first impulse is to dissect the decision for anonymity, to wonder what everyone involved is trying to say while saying nothing. But it’s in alignment with all of the conscious sonic decisions on “I Can Do No Wrong”, the first single from American Wrestlers’ upcoming eponymous debut. The song’s boxy bass, squishy vocals, rippling 12-string riffs and straight-to-tape production hearkens back to the cloistered, mid-fi psychedelic pop of Elephant 6 and their associates, expansive and lush music that maintained a kind of private press sensibility. At least at the time, it could seem like you’d stumble upon these songs magically and accidentally, either as an inclusion on a mixtape handed down from someone more in the know or featured in a magazine that wasn’t necessarily available at the Borders in your local mall. But after that, you were tasked with finding out more, of deciding whether the investment of either time, money, or imagination would pay off. Who knows what we’ll eventually find out about American Wrestlers or whether it’ll matter: for all we know, the guy from Aereogramme just holed up in Joplin or something and he’s dying to start an Instagram account. For the time being, the blinders are on and the glowing hooks of “I Can Do No Wrong” effusively speak for whoever’s behind the curtain.”
American Wrestlers is out now on Fat Possum; listen to “I Can Do No Wrong” below.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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