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A Tomato a Day

"The Moon is Green" CDEP

Public Eyesore


July 8 2008

A Tomato a Day a.k.a. Brian Poloncic's strange and anti-melodic brand of folk rock music makes for a challenging and somewhat eerie experience. Don't expect "tunes" in the traditional sense of the word here; although these seven tracks conform to pop song conventions of instrumentation (guitar/drums/bass/cello/vocals) and duration (average song length = exactly 3:00), Poloncic's singing makes all the difference here. On exemplary tracks "The Highest Kite" and "Silver Fox," his detached, tuneless vocals convert otherwise straightforward instrumentation into the background for unsettling, Jandek caliber anti-pop. To many, the combination might be frustratingly inaccessible, but to more open-minded listeners The Moon Is Green reveals itself to be a desperate, introspective, tortured, and yet strangely lovely EP.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2008]