Growing up, we discovered a lot of music through our parents’ tape collection because, for whatever reason, they decided to get rid of their records and also their record players. Thanks guys! In our teenage years it seemed like the ultimate travesty, but as time goes on it seems like maybe we weren’t the only ones to experience music in a faded, wobbly form before we heard it how the artist wanted it to be heard (not degraded). Times have changed though, and now that same warped record/degraded tape sound that we clowned on as children is being used as an instrument in and of itself, and when it’s done right it sounds awesome. Purling Hiss—which is the one-man project of Mike Polizze, who also plays in Birds of Maya, who hang with Kurt Vile in Philly—pulls it off, filtering a ridiculously catchy, vintage-sounding folk jammer through a modern, warped sensibility. “Don’t Even Try It” is from his album Public Service Announcement, which is out October 12th on Woodsist.
Download: Purling Hiss, “Don’t Even Try It”