’ self-titled debut release on K
[KLP233] is Klezmer-tinged dirges with an upbeat backbone. This breed of Aminal was formed in Portland, Oregon by four distinctly rare species of musician who specialize in perfect pop melancholy. In 2007, Robert Comitz
, November Witch
) and Erin Schmith
(who played together in the San Francisco duo Marriage + Cancer
) moved to the Pacific Northwest, with fellow musician Jheremy Grigsby
. In Portland they joined forces drummer Wiley Hickson
) and they haven't looked back since. Underneath Robert's
assured delivery and flavorful rhythm guitar, the Aminal’s collective expertise reveals itself: Jheremy
's bass stylings set the propulsive pace that holds the entire rhythmic canvas together. Wiley
plays the traps with swing and sway, and Erin
shows-off her fanciful fingerstrokes on the farfisa. The Nucular Aminals'
music is dreamy and tin-toned, airy and yet still dark, conjuring the cloudiness of the Northwest in its unique, textured tones.