by Brokeback (Looks At The Bird, 2003)
The song crackles, literally, as it starts before being joined by some other electronic blips and bleeps and, of course, the trademark Fender six-string bass. Brokeback is the side project of Douglas McCombs, bassist in post-rock/experimental Chicago group Tortoise. McCombs highlighted the importance of his Fender by saying; “Brokeback wouldn't exist without the Fender six-string bass”.
Many guests have graced the three albums to date; from members of Stereolab, Calexico and Yo La Tengo to lesser known but equally talented musicians. One of these said musicians, Noel Kupersmith (Chicago Underground), became a permanent fixture in the band after the first album to turn Brokeback into a two-bassist band.
Together they have created some beautiful ambient/jazz/lo-fi music. Aside from the crackles and programmed electronic sound bites that back 'Lupé' up, jazz-styled drumming, considered melodies from the six-string Fender and cornet offerings all feature to make a solemn, graceful, soundtrack-esque piece that relaxes and inspires to the core.