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Talk Talk Vol. 2 No. 11 - (Lawrence, Kansas)

Bomis Prendin Phantom Limb (Artifacts Records:1980)--What a nifty idea! A less-than-an-album but more-than-a-single 9-inch flexidisc, and for the going price of $3. Which, nonetheless, would not be worth it unless the music therein was as interesting--even arresting--as it is on Bomis Prendin's "Phantom Limb." Bomis Prendin leads this four-person outfit through some intriguing changes on the 13 short songs here. Some are pastoral instrumental passages and others feature rolling waves of electronic sound topped with robotic vocals. On some tunes, Bomis Prendin sound like the Residents with the annoying rough edges of their sound trimmed off--which still leaves lots of interesting ground to cover. Besides, how can you not like a guy who writes lines like these in "Monster Zero":
        Calling Nick Adams! Calling Fuji! Calling Godzilla! Calling Rodan!
        The Nippon papparazzi flash, The army holds their fire
        The leader of the X-men speaks of peace. Oh, what a liar.
Bomis Prendin will probably never be picked up by a major label, so get Phantom Limb while you can. --RH

 

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