HARRY PUSSY: Superstar: 7” EP

The shock of Superstar is in its clarity. The music, recorded in Miami Beach in 1993, was not documented via walkman and then run through a RAT pedal, or whatever process Harry Pussy once used to achieve the singular, annihilated atmosphere of their best-known work; rather than a recording photocopied ten or eleven times, we have songs printed from the original negative—clean and present and, importantly, undiluted. They still rage. Bill Orcutt’s guitar is still bent into unthinkable shapes. Adris Hoyos’ scream still reigns supreme. “Robert Ranks Reed” and “Ian Takes Public Transportation” are important additions to the catalog, along with, of course, the other thirteen songs on this, like, six-minute record. It’s an unexpected, well-lit angle on their early ’90s abrasion, an angle that reveals but doesn’t deplete. It’s the rare peek behind the curtain that leaves the mystery intact. –Matt Werts (Palilalia, palilalia.com)