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Act Of Tenderness

by Cindy Lee

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tommasophx Love your live in Milano last Fall!
Matthew Furillo
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Matthew Furillo i love this — haunting and secretly poppy. Favorite track: What I Need.
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jgladden Floored, astonishing voice and exploration of both emotional and sonic terrain, it rises to glorious highs, a controlled, classic voice guiding us ever skyward while intervals of harsh noise, gloomy atmospherics and shrill dissonance cast a haunting spell conjuring dark shadows, music that enchants and alienates with honesty and artistry.
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Anthony D'Amico This album feels like a disturbing window into a brilliant pop diva's descent into madness. The pop songs are haunting and gorgeous and the noisy bits are viscerally harrowing. One of the most inspired albums that I've heard in a long time. Favorite track: Power And Possession.
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Cindy Lee is the diva alter-ego of singer / guitarist / drag queen Patrick Flegel, the one-time captain of heralded Canadian experimental guitar pop act, Women. In Flegel's working on / as Cindy Lee exclusively over recent years, their songwriting makes a move toward high atmospherics, often achieving a mysterious sweetness rooted equally in beauty and ache.

As Cindy Lee's first long-form statement, Act Of Tenderness makes use of antipodal themes to create a living sound: static with grace, distortion and sugar, all masterfully arranged with crooked nods toward pop classicism. The layered vocal on "Power And Possession" creates a palpable haunt, bringing historical girl-group lament to choir-esque heights. The feedback shriek and industrial grind of "Bonsai Garden" provides near-operatic damage, yet never stumbles into the irrevocably grave. These snowy pieces give the album a decidedly cinematic feel, albeit one bent more towards Eraserhead.

Originally released in a scant private edition in 2015, Superior Viaduct's imprint W.25TH is pleased to give Act Of Tenderness its deserving wide release.

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released February 21, 2018

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