Pelican Ossman's 3rd release on EWE OF NOW RECORDINGS!!
[OUTSIDER POP] There's a song on Pelican Ossman's new cassette called "The Good Kind of Creepy," and the title doubles as a fitting description of the Portland band's odd sound. A disorienting collection that incorporates lo-fi folk, earnest indie rock, manipulated samples and hip-hop beats, Weird Religious Music captures the benign but unnerving quality of thrift-store art, kid-friendly haunted houses, empty carnivals and public-access television. It's just not quite right—in the best way. The album is shot through with the same spirit of dazed invention that animated Beck's early work, and there is a streak of mellow mysticism that recalls wide-eyed naturalists like Little Wings and Karl Blau. But Pelican Ossman is a wily shape-shifter, and comparisons burn up in its atmosphere. While there are simple and satisfying pop pleasures to be found in the morass of stuttering beats and slurred samples, Weird Religious Music works to subvert expectation at every turn. It evokes the slow cross-dissolve that brings one back to the everyday world at the tail end of a good high. Waves of bliss and hallucination crash into the dumb sameness of chairs and walls and doors, and for a few minutes everything strange is normal and everything normal is strange. And it's all good. Really good. CHRIS STAMM [Willamette Week, 12/10/15]
released December 11, 2015
Musicians: Dan Currin, Emile Ward, Virginia Currin, Andrew Auble
Cover Design: Jon Simon, Andrew Auble
Inside Cover Original Art: Andrew Auble
Written, Recorded and Mixed: Dan Currin, Portland
Mastered: Timothy Stollenwork @ Sterophonic Mastering, Portland