eMusic Queer CD of the Week: Hidden Cameras — Origin:Orphan
Though gay Hidden Cameras‘ frontman Joel Gibb has a wry, basso voice that can sometimes remind a guy of Stephin Merritt, the desires he sings of reside about 18 inches below a person’s heart. It can be easy to lose in the band’s stage persona – a Polyphonic Spree-esque folk/druid revival — or catchy pop melodies, but there is a whole lot raunch to be found throughout their back catalogue. I’ll simply leave you with the title “I Want Another Enema” from an earlier album as an example of all that.
His newest work, Origin:Orphan retains that ability to excite the genitals in songs like “Underage,” but there is a nice variety throughout it as well. As its highest praise, some of the albums harmonies are so catchy that you might not even realize the lyrics are there until the third spin. “In The NA” nearly requires an exorcism to remove from your lobes, and “The Little Bit” builds an earworm by seemingly adding lyrics to the “Hhmmm, Hmmm” bridge of “You Can Call Me Al.” It might sound unlikely, but you”ll believe me when you hear it.
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