Single Of The Week - STEPHEN MALKMUS : Discretion Grove
Charming, inscrutable and not quite as young as he looks...
Yet Malkmus practically invented this stuff and, as this first solo single proves, he remains the master of the genre. A death-defying mix of the catchy and obtuse, all chugging riffs and mysterious images - "over-age whores", "ceremonial dead trees" and a "Celt alcoholic", anyone? There's a lot of escaping going on, too, possibly alluding to his flit from Pavement: "Believe, let it go/And leave", he sings cheerfully. As with all his best songs, there's either a lot more going on here than first appears, or a lot less, depending on your state of mind. Either way, .
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