Jim Shepard - Evil Love Deeper (1995)


Evil Love Deeper exists in a weird place in the Iron Press; not quite as song-based as much of the V-3 material (although there is a great live V-3 track here, “Tetramagorica”), and it’s not as Jandek-influenced as Shepard’s aforementioned solo Siltbreeze LP. There are some great moments on Evil Love Deeper, such as Skullbank’s bouncy, Minutemen-like “Revelling Finalities,” Dickie’s cello-hook on “Your Leader,” the somewhat pretty “That One Thing,” and “Harry’s Getting Ready to Shave,” which sounds like a medley of two of V-3’s most well-known tracks, “Negotiate Nothing” and “Harry,” as played by a sleepy Pere Ubu.

How do all of these memorable moments add up? Pretty well, I’d have to say that Shepard really knew how to orchestrate his material over the course of a full-length better than most people know how to pick their nose, and I’d take a full-length of his over one the many seven-inches he put any day; because while this may not be as oddly heroic as Negotiate Nothing, as eerie and unsettling as Picking Through the Wreckage with a Stick, as impressive as Photograph Burns, it feels like a lot more than the collection of odds and ends recorded over the course of the first half of the 90’s. Evil Love Deeper is a focused effort, full of peaks, valleys, twists and turns; one of Shepard's few remaining artifacts… urging us to scratch deeper beneath the surface of the two themes of love and evil, and dwell with Shepard in the underworld where the two could coexist with almost interchangeable identities.

8 comments:

decrepittapes said...

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Sandoz Lab Tech said...

Wow, great to hear this again! Do you possibly have 'Negotiate Nothing', the one part of the Jim Shepard puzzle I have yet to have the pleasure of hearing?
Keep up the great work!

Mr said...

I've been wanting and waiting for so long to hear this.
Thankyou.

milo said...

For This = You Are So, "The Man".

Cheers Bigears.

rexmore said...

Dickie’s cello-hook on “Your Leader" is actually a Double Bass-hook by Leland Cain. Just for the record (pun?)the short lived group, Lacquer, is a series of recordings that were made by Jim Shepard and Leland Cain. When Jim injured his hand, he couldn't play guitar, so we recorded with bass instruments only. Electric and Double Bass(not cello) Drums where added by Leland Cain.

PreBigBanger said...

Can someone please notify me when Evil Love Deeper becomes downloadable?

I played drums on a few tracks and would love to be able to listen.

chris@chriscampanile.com

thanks

PreBigBanger said...

I tried that share bee.com link and it's not doing anything.

Joe?Ok said...

I just recently found a copy of this for $5 at my local record store. Crazy find.