pixel revolt, the fifth album by John Vanderslice, is a masterpiece by a seasoned veteran at the top of his form. If his prior records were a gradual progression, his latest constitutes a quantum leap. Vanderslice has arrived upon a unique lyrical style that blends frank, artful autobiography with richly detailed fiction. The result is a dreamy, sometimes terrifying world in which it's difficult to know where the singer ends and the characters begin. Vanderslice has struggled, as all serious musicians must, to balance the rigors of making a name for oneself, the call of the studio (five albums in five years), the lure of a regular life, and the increasingly complex nature of his songwriting. It's a path that has led many a great artist to question the very nature of the self. Few have wrestled this quandary into music as beautiful, or as troubling, as what you’ll hear on pixel revolt.
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