Damon & Naomi – Playback Singers

What I Think of When I Think of This Artist (part 2)

I am never sure what to make of couples that make music together, especially when – as with Damon & Naomi – the couple is the entirety of the band. Marriage is hard and being in a band is hard, and I suspect that doing both at the same time with the same person is possibly twice as hard. Kudos to these crazy kids for pulling it off!

What I Think of This Album

This is a massively beautiful album, and an absolute showcase for Naomi Yang. Credit also to Damon Krukowski along with Yang for crafting such ideal sonics, by the looks of it, in their living room.

“Turn of the Century” made me cry, and sure, it’s not the only reason I was crying – I have a lot of problems! – but the point remains. Yang’s lovely voice drifts languidly over slowly strummed guitar and a silken bass part, while subtle sound effects populate the background. “I’ve been known to suffer over you.” True that.

“Eye of The Storm” is notable mostly for what may be a (backwards?) guitar figure (that sounds a bit like a flute), repeated until it enters your soul. The thick, dark thrum of “I’m Yours” only serves to underscore the fragrant vocals from Yang, who sings of otherworldly and timeless devotion. All aspiring bassists – nah, fuck it, all bassists, without qualification – should study “Kinetoscope,” on which Krukowski sings lead against a thatch of acoustic guitar and harmonium.

The band covers a Ghost song (“Awake In a Muddle”) – the first official overture, perhaps, that led to a long-standing professional collaboration. Again, Yang’s high-register bass is a standout. “We’re Not There” is also excellent, though Krukowski’s reedy singing at the apex of his range is not really for me. The Pearls Before Swine cover (“Translucent Carriages”) I can do without; Tom Rapp, the singer-songwriter of PBS, eventually left music and became a civil rights lawyer, before restarting his music career in the ‘90s.

Yet another Sub Pop release.

The Best Thing About This Album

Naomi Yang’s bass and voice.

Release Date

April, 1998

The Cover Art

The design and composition, as well as the colors, are fantastic. This is Yang’s work.

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