Phlegm One Night Stands With Out Of Tune Instrumentals In A Room With Blue Wallpaper

One Night Stands With Out Of Tune Instrumentals In A Room With Blue Wallpaper Brad Hamers, or Phlegm, as he prefers to be known, has a lot to say. Even the title of his debut CD, One Night Stands With Out Of Tune Instrumentals In A Room With Blue Wallpaper, hints towards the wealth of words he crams into every song. One Night Stand... is an interesting sounding album that isn't easily classified. It tries its utmost to defy categorisation, walking a fine line between spoken word, hip-hop and several other conventional genres. For that reason it could very easily fall through the cracks and lie undiscovered by the very audience that should be embracing it. Some of it is reminiscent of Soul Coughing, but most of it experiments just as much as it settles for convention. The music falls into the ambient category, with lots of piano and subtle beats that don't always match the natural rhythm of the words. Some tasteful samples from the likes of the Rolling Stones and Astrid Gilberto are also added to the proceedings, but they don't lessen the effect of Hamers' delivery. It does, however, lack brevity, with quite a few of the 19 tracks sounding as if they end prematurely, resulting in a frustration that gets worse every time a stuck record effect is used. Nevertheless, the more experimental will find the remainder intriguing and rewarding. (Three Sides Of A Circle)