Scammers - American Winter
It's been a busy year for Phil Diamond's Scammers project, with albums on the Field Hymns and Jehu and Chinaman labels already displaying Phil's restless and prolific nature. Each of his albums makes me think about the joy of creativity and making music in the 21st century, partly because each seems so considered, or at least confident in their own sound-worlds, yet disparate. American Winter is no different, possibly the most deeply strange and deceptive Scammers album yet. It is filled with sweeping MIDI orchestration and minimal, quivering vocals that transition into all out cheese-funk, slap bass, and staccato vocal phrases about walking to work amidst a frozen corporate American.