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Album review: Herzog - 'Search' (Transparent)

Slacking isn't all cereal in your pyjamas and stoned Tweets about your cat, y'know

Herzog’s Nick Tolar is a landscape gardener from Cleveland, which is the kind of borderline Midwestern town the deadbeat characters in Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’ dream about escaping to when they’re not committing mass murder or incest. Tolar, however, pisses on this fantasy, presenting an image of a place bereft of balls and ambition. “I grew up on the streets of West Boulevard, where life isn’t really all that hard” he grumbles, plucking an acoustic guitar as trashed beats welcome in 30 minutes of miserable/uplifting American indie spliced with Dylan. This isn’t bullshit slacker rock. It’s the real fucking McCoy.

Huw Nesbitt

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