Review: Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe – I Declare Nothing
National Music Reviews
A Recordings Ltd.
Tess Parks & Anton
Newcombe = Patti Smith + The Brian Jonestown Massacre + Lydia Lunch
The brilliance that this album offers is not subtle—it is obvious. I Declare Nothing blends an overwhelming psychedelic droning effect with Tess Parks’ Patti Smith–like, bourbon-soaked vocals in 10 solid tracks that must not only be digested but also totally absorbed. Once this record starts spinning and the speakers flood all that is space and time with the first track, “Wehmut,” the mundane nature of a day’s work is all but replaced by a sound that is splendidly heavy and has a profound effect of something borderline spiritual. Waste little time in picking this one up, and discover the sensations that arise while listening to it by simply letting go during an evening of non-sobriety for the full enjoyment of this album. –Nick Kuzmack