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Pas/Cal – Last Christmas

Pas/Cal – Dear Sir

Pas/Cal – The Handbag Memoirs

Pas/Cal – Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up

Pas/Cal produced more highly catchy songs than bands that were around for twice as long, and there is a high degree of, I don’t know, stickiness to their songs as well. All I have to do is think of the title of “We Made Our Way, We Amtrakked,” and the song will play in my head, beginning to end, as though I had a whole quadrant/lobe devoted to its preservation. This band could write some tunes! And Casimer Pascal has such a beautiful voice, all sighing ephemerality. Dear Sir, the title track of the band’s last EP, is a little more muscular than what they’d done before, but it’s a nice showcase for their vibe-work, they way they can keep something sinister and upbeat at the same time. Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up is a tiny song, so short, but totally enchanting, quiet, rising, an exhortation by the bedside. Handbag Memoirs is one of my favorite songs of theirs, and it has to be one of the best about the kind of ex post facto jealousy one might feel when thinking about a significant other’s past (where they were and what they did before they met you). And Last Christmas is a pretty and generous reworking of the awesome Wham song, which is a stone-cold classic, but Pas/Cal stretch it out, have fun with it. Casimer is still making music–not with Pas/Cal, but with his nephew Casimir as Casimer and Casimir.

[BUY Dear Sir]

[BUY The Handbag Memoirs]

[BUY A Very Magistery Christmas]

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