Chris Weisman “Maya Properties (Volume 2)”
Edition of 220
Second LP volume of Chris Weisman’s monumental 88 song tune-drop is a bit more folk-psychy than our first selection. Opening, as it does, with “Changes in the Fourth Dimension” (which has shades of the Carpenters’ outest number — “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft”), the balance this time is wobbly from the start. “I Am the Unitard” is a play on lyrical concepts invented by Chris Bell, with a rhythm track nearly worthy of Tall Dwarfs. And things continue more or less in that vein, with numerous move-variations of unclear origin. “Mother of Ill” is full-blown-if-skeletal skiffle-punk. “MIT” and “I’ve Eaten My Food” brim with political discontent of very vague construction. “Spacin Out” has passages of electric guitar wonk worthy of MV. And all of these interspersed with Weisman’s trademark Brattlepop aktion, for maximum pleasure and disorientation.
Original hand-made cover art this time is by the great Ruth Garbus, on top of her own template, for a truly-doubled art experience. Each one is unique. And worth collecting. – Byron Coley, 2015