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Canned Goods is the third and final EP in a trilogy of recordings encompassing roughly a year of KMFK's songwriting.
Recorded + mixed by: Sgott MacKenzie in New London, CT.
Written + performed by KMFK.
If when opening a can of creamed corn, you slice your thumb on the jagged lid, your thick crimson blood flooding the yellow mush and spiraling into a pabulum both disturbing and beautiful, it would be much like the brutal tenderness of listening to Kevin MF King’s brief cycle of intimate new songs, Canned Goods EP.
In “Home Alone,” A plucked acoustic guitar intently rolls into King’s signature rasp until a drumset smashes through the haze, only to instantly disappear as fast as it came. “Menace Of A Deaf Kid” asks the listener to “Bring a chaser to my grave, you phantom.” Not an unreasonable request. The lead melody of “Wedding On A Raft” bounces along with guitar plucks and King’s double tracked vocal in strident unison. The abrasive-minimal-outsider-synth blues of “Words From Past” leads to the seemingly warm relief of “Sad Boy” where King (barely audibly) warns us, “Everyone sees you’re alone with the minions, withering misery. If I can riddle you into a trap of mine, and drown you with your regrets.” With that, the E.P. ends as fast as it began. Slicing harshly, but fairly.
-Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir/ dead language blog)
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