The Mindeater is a collaborative project birthed by ever-prolific Drag City recording artist Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dominic Cipolla, multi-instrumentalist and main brain behind the elusive Phantom Family Halo. While Mr. Billy needs no introduction, his seemingly unending contributions to the presentation of contemporary “folk” music have continued to surprise and impress audiences for the better part of two decades.
Jumping right into the twenty-or-so minutes of music at hand, Bonnie’s vocal performance on The Mindeater title-track is perhaps already one of his eeriest in years, recalling the creepy backwoods paranoia of records like Arise Therefore. And so it begins...
Beyond the world of weirdo, kraut-encrypted, Amon Düül-meets-Roxy Music glam jams, Mr. Cipolla (also longtime member of Siltbreeze crack-folk exploration ensemble Sapat) is surely the lesser known of the duo, yet plays no less valuable a role over the course of the EP. The Phantom Family Halo takes the songwriting reigns throughout a majority of The Mindeater, their third release to date on Sophomore Lounge (following the Hurricane Fighter Plane 7” and 2010’s mysterious soundtrack 12” Music from Italian T.V.), in addition to full-length offerings on Karate Body and Black Velvet Fuckere labels over the past five years.
Having met each other through mutual friend/local video store-owner/former SLINT bassist, Todd Brashear (whom, by no coincidence, was more than happy to nail down some harmonies on their version of I Wonder If I Care As Much), The Phantom Family folks hit it off quite nicely with Bonny Billy last year when he joined them for a performance of the song at an anniversary party they were asked to play with Roky Erikson.
That was summer of 2010 in their shared hometown of Louisville, KY. Since then, the two forces have joined again, not only to record their psyched-out, full-band, live-in-studio rendition of the Everly Brothers’ classic, but also to cast a few spells of their own. The resulting tracks, The Mindeater, Roki for Now, and Suddenly the Darkness, were stripped to the bone and recorded to tape on the second floor of a funeral home where Cipolla lived until recently relocating to Brooklyn.
released May 17, 2011
The Mindeater 10” was a limited run of 1000 copies (700 on opaque blue/300 on special “haze” coloring - SOLD OUT) w/ exclusive distribution by Drag City. A corresponding CD/digital version was released by Partisan Records in summer of 2011.
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