Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin – I Left My Heart In Uncanny Valley
Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin goes hard in the weird with the completely confounding bizarre anthems of “I Left My Heart In Uncanny Valley”. While these pieces may be incredibly strange, they do have a strong foundation within the outside art pop tradition. The surreal lyricism and storytelling recall the perennial go-to oddballs “The Residents”. Melodies feel off-kilter at all times, never quite settling into anything comfortable. Distorted beyond belief, there is a soulfulness to the entire album, a theatrical quality that helps to tie the otherworldly aura together. Stylistically Petunia-Liebling adopts a lounge singer sort of persona throughout the entire album, helping to frame it thematically.
Setting the tone for the album “Uncanny Valley Intro” works wonders. Eerie organs and surrealist keyboards give “Button Eyes (featuring Chip the Black Boy)” a surprisingly catchy melody that helps to center it. A bit of funk comes into the fray on multifaceted layered approach of “Age of Devonian”. Celebratory “The Monosaccharide Inducer” drives forward with a clear-eyed, almost triumphant take. Electro pop musings propel the hyperkinetic “Bright Light City”, whose neon-hued synthesizers give it a timeless quality. A warped 60s psychedelic pours out of the lounge-like “The Marionettes”. A little western twang gives “Waltzing With Charley” a tongue-in-cheek quality to it. Tropical vibes give “Bermuda Triangle” a wild unhinged quality, like it is virtually on the edge of collapse, akin to a Van Dyke Parks nightmare. Easily the highlight of the album comes from the disoriented noir lounge of “20th Century Ghost”.
“I Left My Heart In Uncanny Valley” shows off Petunia-Liebing MacPumpkin’s highly unique vision in creating a sound that could easily be described as “melted children’s show soundtrack possessed by demons”.