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Psychic Lines - Dance, Cartoon Skeleton

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Psychic Lines is a project Phil Jacob helms, and his/its music has been described as a cross between Leonard Cohen and Warren Zevon. You can certainly hear the influence of Cohen's deadpan delivery for Jacob's songs on Dance, Cartoon Skeleton. Jacobs has something to say to the world, but let's not get all excited about it!

Jacob sings these songs in a low, nearly bellowing voice. Not quite Johnny Cash country but getting there. One seriously wonders where inspiration for his songs come from at times. With "Toy Telephone," for instance, he comments on how a loved one rang him up on his toy telephone. (Heaven only knows what sort of data plan applies to that child-friendly telephonic device).

Some of these songs are also augmented with brass horns and twangy guitars. These elements are applied to curiously confusing, but nevertheless intelligent songs. He's seemingly aiming to create a mood, a feeling, a vibe. He does just that. However, if someone ever tries to ping you on your (or your child's or child friend's) toy telephone, you may doublecheck to make sure Rod Serling's hologram isn't also filming a Twilight Zone episode at your house.


Psychic Lines - Dance, Cartoon Skeleton
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