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Honey Moan EP
Tigerstyle Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
What is it with white guys and the blues?

John Spencer's bastardization of that truly American musical art form brought him and his Explosion nothing but success, coke, and boobs (well, until as of recently anyway - there just hasn't been a song on the caliber of "Bellbottoms" in years).

Doug Martsch even explored the gritty styles of the blues on his solo effort last year. And now, former Convocation Of… bass player, Guy Blakeslee, has decided to take it on as well, working under the name Entrance.

The Honey Moan EP is actually his second album, the first being The Kingdom of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and a slide, Entrance has taken a mixture of original songs, covers, and reinterpretations, recorded them to 4-track, and let the relatively unfettered results fly forth.

Blakeslee handles his material very well. The standout track on this EP is actually the only Entrance original, entitled "Lookout!" It's minor key acoustic guitar melody fits nicely with Blakelee's warbled man-boy singing style, and the song has a haunting effect overall.

The rest of the album consists of a Robert Johnson song ("Come On in My Kitchen") and various traditional tunes that are tampered with to some degree. "Honey Drone" kicks back with a footstomp backbeat and a romping banjo melody "lifted from Appalachian ballad of Sweet William and Lady Margaret," as described in the album's notes. The title track appears to be Entrance's reworking of the Blind Lemon song "Black Snake Moan," where he hums and slurs over what may or may not be the real blues, depending on who you ask.

What can be agreed upon, however, is that Entrance is sincere in his interpretations and puts forth tremendous soul into his music, even while his method and mechanisms are lazy and decidedly lo-fi. But all that serves to make the Honey Moan EP that much more authentic, even in it's complete lack of authenticity. Get it? Good.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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