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September 23rd, 2008

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez: Why Is Bear Billowing?

Summer’s over but it doesn’t seem like it in Los Angeles.  It’s all the same, always, anyways.  It’s a place where time stands still, rapidly encroaching on infinity. A smoggy Neverland.  A sedated scene.  We grow older, but the insouciant attitude afforded by persistent sunshine is comfort food to keep going.  Chicken-fried life with curly fries and biscuits.  Yum.

Through the lens of my current address, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez is a self-aware stillborn childhood itching to grow — and grow it will. A Cuban native haunting the burgeoning Baltimore music scene alongside luminaries Jana Hunter and Dan Deacon, Gonzalez has been a presence in the Wham City Art Collective as both musician and visual artist. According to CarPark Records, his goal is to “write songs that combine his appreciation of magical realism with his respect for honest simplicity.” Here, the words “magical” and “honest” carry connotations of implausibility; they’re seemingly synonymous and thoroughly hopeful modifiers bound to be overtaken by the persistence of “realism” and “simplicity”: two nouns that beg ornamentation.

We’re a generation longing for magical realism, for a life populated with critters we love and feelings we fondly, though foggily, remember. But as the summer turns to fall, changeless, these songs project autumn on the wall for me to enjoy, at least for 34 minutes.

[ stream ] Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez – Pinecone Eyes from Why Is Bear Billowing?

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1 Comment »

  1. You’re an excellent writer – I love the chicken fried life..wonderful.

    Comment by that girl — October 1, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

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