Artist
Label
W.25TH[10]
Cindy Lee
Act Of Tenderness
W.25TH
/
2018
LP
18.59
W25-04 / Includes Download Code
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Tracklist
1Act Of Tenderness 1:49
2Power And Possession 3:06
3What I Need 2:33
4New Romance 2:26
5The Last Train's Come And Gone 3:38
6Operation 2:52
7Quit Doing Me Wrong 2:06
8Fallen Angel 2:10
9Bonsai Garden 3:29
10Miracle Of The Rose 4:54
11Wandering And Solitude 4:32
12A New Love Is Believing 4:12

Cindy Lee is the diva alter-ego of singer / guitarist / drag queen Patrick Flegel, the one-time captain of heralded Canadian experimental guitar pop act, Women. In Flegel's working on / as Cindy Lee exclusively over recent years, their songwriting makes a move toward high atmospherics, often achieving a mysterious sweetness rooted equally in beauty and ache.

As Cindy Lee's first long-form statement, Act Of Tenderness makes use of antipodal themes to create a living sound: static with grace, distortion and sugar, all masterfully arranged with crooked nods toward pop classicism. The layered vocal on "Power And Possession" creates a palpable haunt, bringing historical girl-group lament to choir-esque heights. The feedback shriek and industrial grind of "Bonsai Garden" provides near-operatic damage, yet never stumbles into the irrevocably grave. These snowy pieces give the album a decidedly cinematic feel, albeit one bent more towards Eraserhead.

Originally released in a scant private edition in 2015, Superior Viaduct's imprint W.25TH is pleased to give Act Of Tenderness its deserving wide release.