Crooked Fingers - Breaks In The Armor
Merge | October 2011
Crooked Fingers is Eric Bachmann. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s ok, but if the name of his former band, Archers of Loaf doesn’t ring a bell, you should serious consider amping up your indie education. Lately, Bachman has centered his career around the brooding indie rock of Crooked Fingers over the span of six records topped most recently with Breaks In The Armor. While the record doesn’t top in the sense of his best work to date, it serves as a solid exhibition of Bachmann’s tropes. “Typhoon,” the lead-off and best track of the record displays his knack of stripped-down tenacity not unlike anything Smog has even done, but also his side-stepping exclusion of abrasiveness, a trap that squanders many modern releases of ‘classical’ indie figureheads. ”Typhoon” carries itself well and while the rest of the record is hit or miss. The longevity of Bachmann’s scope is anything but tarnished and only adds to his influence.
Crooked Fingers - “Typhoon”