Cindy Lee, Tatlashea CS

Mark Craig

Cindy Lee

Music fetishism and “the race for newness” aside, some tracks go overlooked only to be removed from under the proverbial rug months, or, in this case, almost a year after release. Vancouver’s Cindy Lee–comprised of Patrick Flegel, formerly of Women, and Morgan Cook and Julie Taylor, formerly of Yung Mums–is a band that put out one of these particular gems which I’m just beginning to dust off.

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“Holding the Devil’s Hand” is a song that was initially released on Cindy Lee’s debut cassette Tatlashea in December 2012, which found a subsequent vinyl release on the B-side of Mongrel Magazine’s Red Mass/Cindy Lee split 7” in April '13. This cut is an outlier on the eight-song cassette, being one of the few pop songs on their coarse, noise-heavy productions not titled “Greasey Muthrfuker”.

“Holding the Devil’s Hand” could be crudely or aptly (you’re the judge, tunehead) surmised as Tyrannosaurus Rex covering Roy Orbison’s “Leah” for a Night-People release. Patrick Flegel’s waltz guitar plucking over his early Bolan-esque quivering provides that timeless, despondent lo-fi ooze that’ll have the solitary romancer wrapping that blanket tighter and tighter upon its gradual build. Let this one compliment that warm whiskey and lemon; it was prime for the Gates of Winter in 2013, now it can subsist a little more in the dawn of 2014.

While the Tatlashea cassette is sold out, the Red Mass/Cindy Lee split 7” featuring “Holding the Devil’s Hand” is still available over at Mongrel Magazine.

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