Philip E. Karnats "Pleasesuite"
The sound of one young man ranging far and wide on several musical axes, Pleasesuite is the solo debut of former Tripping Daisy and Bobgoblin guitarist Philip E. Karnats. There?s a song on here called ?Prone to Fractured Sound, Pt. 2? ? a telling title, as it fits Karnats to a T. All the songs are constructed well, and they hold together, but the fractures come in the many different approaches Karnats takes. Karnats plies his skill at chugging ?90s-style alt-rock (?Early Bird Cartoons,? ?Iggy?s Prot?g??), Sebadohly meditations (?1000 Girls,? ?Smoke + Sediment?), and heavy psych (?y,? ?Spinning Lids (on a holiday retreat beach)).? There?s a lot of Big Rock Distortion on these songs, which is kind of surprising for a mostly one-man record, but that?s the beauty of this decade, I guess: anybody can make and record that polished sound. But Karnats goes in his most interesting directions when, as on ?Learn Defeat? and ?Learn to Steal,? the heavy haze takes a back seat to lingering downer melodies. It would be intriguing to hear Karnats, whose ample talent is displayed here, follow that more organic path. 6/10 -- Sal Addays (2 October, 2006)