Project Perfect (Andy Brown- synth, electric piano, drum machine, and Charlie Smyth- guitar, radio) were the tricksters of Portland 's music community during the days of their frequent and strange performances (2002-2004). Appearing live in costume or with exotic dancers on stage, the group's deadpan humor was at odds with their profoundly introspective, abstract music. Following from their membership in Fontanelle, the two longtime collaborators came into their own with a reputation for consistently dextrous live performances, a distinctively insular sonic vocabulary, and a fluid, telepathic improvisatory rapport.
Project Perfect's mastery over sounds takes them jump-cutting from squiggles, squonks, and blurts of random (yet eerily on-target) radio broadcasts, to moments of austere, dry guitar-and-piano interplay. Hopping between tender and bombastic moods, introspection and extroversion, delicacy and jarringness, the band's sense of variety within a narrowly defined sonic palette is unmatched. Their approach comes from some oblique musical reference points (Runegrammofon label, Cabaret Voltaire, Conrad Schnitzler, or Cluster come to mind), but this was a group that truly did not sound like any other.
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