R. Mutt's Blues
"Merritt slowly return from an entire year of phonographic inactivity. The title refers to Marcel Duchamp's oft-misunderstood Dadaist masterpiece, 'Fountain,' and is a knowing and cheerful allegory to something we may never understand. 'Beast of Each' is worthy of swoons, a great tristesse mumbled over a gentle folk waltz, while 'Wrecking Crew' is utterly overwhelming and enveloping in its graceful and intimate expression of melancholia. These songs will break hearts and mend hearts. Portland's Jason Merritt writes songs for both himself (as Whip), and for his band, Timesbold. While all are rich and melancholy Americana, the former are much softer and more delicate than the full-band arrangement. Jason spent his youth in upstate New York, but eventually found his way to that great and almost-mythical center-point of rejected culture: Portland, Oregon. He was eager to escape New York by any means necessary, and around the year 2000, he found that making records brought him out of the little town he was living in -- Hopewell Junction -- and so the musical adventures of Timesbold and Whip began to take him around the world, and further from New York with every endeavor."