Music: Import/Import – The Rental Car Evergreen

You may know Matt Stangel from his tenacious efforts to cover the art world within the pages of the Portland Mercury. But the engaging, long-haired gent is as obsessed with musical endeavors as he is the visual arts, and has found time in his increasingly busy schedule to write and record a cassette with his band Import/Import.

Recently released on the ever-impressive Real Future Recording Company, Interface Lakes takes on pop music in its most frail and fractured form. Shards of melody and structure are there to scratch at your skin, with the short album’s more unhinged elements (Jandek-like piano playing, synth overlays) providing the tense, delicious tingle around the edges. Give in to that urge to scratch that itch, people.

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