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Dan Melchior is great randomizer of a musician. Born in the UK, based in the U.S. for the last 20 years, his discography ranges from raw garage rock to avant garde tape collages, visiting a whole lots of other points in between. Exhibit A is his first collaboration with P.G. Six (aka Pat Gubler) the wonderful New England based multi-instrumentalist, who has previously appeared with Wet Tuna (FTR 364), Weeping Bong Band (FTR 313), MV & EE (FTR 167) and Joshua Burkett (FTR 196). This time out P.G. plays keyboards, recorder and electric 12 string guitar, leaving the vocals and acoustic guitar to Brother Melchior.

The material on Exhibit A hearkens back to some of Melchior’s early records, which had a bluesy British simplicity somewhere between Duster Bennett and Sexton Ming. The melodies are fully formed and horribly hook-laden, but theres’s roughness to the textural edges (and riff-qua-riffs) that gives the music an extra layer of surly magnificence. Some of the lyrics are funny as hell. I dare you to resist from smiling while listening to “Never Trust a Man Without Sideburns” or ‘”It Was Good Fun.” And the cover of Creation’s classic “Painterman” is as beautiful example of form-evolution as you’ll find this year. Or any other.

Exhibit A is a great spin from first note to last. There are lots of strange instrumental textures and tropes, all more or less inside the confines of modernist folk invention, and the whole shimmers with a very special kind of light, while still sounding deceptively plain. It’s hard to keep up with Melchior’s many releases and style shifts, but it’s always worth doing. And this one is a pip.

-Byron Coley, 2019

Dan Melchior and P.G. Six: Exhibit A

None Of It Means Anything To Me Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Cyan Cyril Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Never Trust A Man Without Sideburns Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Exhibit A Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Painterman Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Casual Walter Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Photographs Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
3000 Miles Removed Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Like An Angler Fish Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Crawling Through The Suburbs Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
The Price Of Everything Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
It Was Good Fun Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Health Cancer Blues Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Comedians, Intellectuals, Etc Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''
Mission Impossible Dan Melchior and P.G. Six 30''

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