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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
With song titles like “Mushroom Cloud of Hiss” and
“Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck),” May I Sing With Me is
classic Yo La Tengo, merging pop and noise in an awesome
aural display. Songs start with Kaplan’s repetitive (and very
simple) chord changes, as Hubley and [at the time of this
recording] regular bassist James McNew add layer after
layer of supportive sound. During the noisier tracks (especially the aforementioned “Mushroom Cloud of Hiss”), the song explodes in paroxysms of feedback and drops the rhythmic pulse altogether, eventually returning the backbeat after a few minutes of white noise. That may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for those who like this adventurousness and recklessness, it’s a lot of fun.