Wake Up And Shiver features the Eris Temple EP by Adam Fieled followed by Third/Sister Lovers by Big Star. Photo by William Eggleston.
The “slice-and-dice” rigmarole, when applied to the right rock music talismans, can create subtle effects and ambiances that elevate rock music past its prior limitations. To put together the Eris Temple EP and Third/Sister Lovers, as I have done here, is a way of creating, to borrow a term from pictorial art, chiaroscuro over chiaroscuro, blended light/dark effects over blended light/dark effects. Both albums are heavy on shadows, and on crepuscular shades of blue in general. Eris Temple also works as a salty hors d’oeuvre to the sweetness of Third’s baroque instrumentation and arrangements. Third has a weird sense of sweetness running down the middle of it. The most pronounced, and warped thing about the juxtaposition of the two pieces, however, has to do with the two protagonists who animate the two respective albums. The protagonist of the Eris Temple EP is in an eerie place, clearly, but is in earnest, and makes an attempt to be as transparent as he can be about both what is happening around him and what he is experiencing on an interior level. He also instills the shadows with a sense of practicality of both how things came to be this way and what the options are as to how to get out. The ironic, smart-assed protagonist of Third/Sister Lovers sounds like, for one thing (and as was the case), he’s on a lot of drugs. The drugs warp his perceptions, both of people and of situations. How would these two protagonists deal with each other? Does the baroque sense of pristine production values redeem the brutality of the Third-head? Wake Up And Shiver lays down a gauntlet around these ambiguities, and about ambiguities in juxtaposition in general. It’s a puzzle, and the fun for the listener is supposed to be in attempting to put the pieces back together in any way you deem fit, and for whatever purpose.