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The Clavicle Gate

Michael Var Fickle Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 9, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Murderers Anonymous
  • ASIN: B00H7LI10Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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After many years off the grid, Michael Var Fickle returns with...something different. "The Clavicle Gate." How does one describe the songs by Michael Var Fickle? One seldom hears eerie, beautiful, sad, poetic, determined, confusing and romantic to describe one person's writing. The music? The music is eclectic and electric!! Diverse and multi-styled, Michael Var Fickle takes you on a journey that ebbs and flows through a musical landscape that can only come from a deranged genius of this musical magnitude. His lyric writing is poetic and sometimes blunt with a realism that strikes at the heart of longing, heartbreak, triumph and the indigestion of the soul. A must have for any music listener who goes beyond the mundane and into the real world that sounds great and tastes better.

Bio-Michael Var Fickle has bounced around this country over the years. Performing his terrifying takes on LoVe lies & somber idiocy. His esoteric songs leave a creepy impression on the listener like few can. As time went on, his writing grew so strange and diverse, that every song seems to sound like a different band. So many voices and so many styles, seems to energize him. Still, no matter how far he goes, lyrics are always the most important event in his songs. "So much symbolism and so little time" is his most common reply when asked..."why?". Many songs later and now living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina....he sends to all of you....a sigh of relief.

"THE CLAVICLE GATE" track listing:
1) Obligatory Intro
2) unsaid (precious to me)
3) Nickles And Dimes, Baby
4) Halt My Hands
5) What To Do
6) Twelve Years Between Coins
7) Guidance
8) Is It You Or Is It Me?
9) You're A Fake, You're A Fraud...And I'm Your Biggest Fan
10) Cynical Show
11) On My Head
12) So Worn You're Warm (Ugly)

Produced by Michael Var Fickle
www.michaelvarfickle.com
https://www.facebook.com/MichaelVarFickle
http://www.reverbnation.com/michaelvarfickle

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5.0 out of 5 stars An album you won't forget August 9, 2013
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The use of the word "alternative" to describe music is greatly overused. Especially since completely mainstream artists such as REM and Green Day can use it. But despite its overuse, "alternative" is the word I use to describe Mr. Fickle's music. He does not do music for the masses. He doesn't even do music for other people. He doesn't use common musical forms or clichés as a crutch. His music and lyrics are deeply personal and completely his own.

The beauty, yes beauty, of Mr. Fickle's music is learning to understand and appreciate his rules. This is not "easy" music. It's not simple music. It's different music. And if you're willing to go someplace different, this is the music for you.

And this is the important part, despite being an alternative to mainstream, his music lacks the pretense and atonal chaoticness usually associated with such music. In other words, his music is not odd for the sake of being odd. His music strictly follows his own rules and those rules are not broken for the sake of being different. His music is listenable and surprisingly catchy. But at a much deeper level than what you're generally used to.

Do you remember the first time you heard a great album such as Tom Verlaine's Television or Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones? Those albums stuck with you for their brilliant uniqueness. You can't forget them. The Clavicle Gate is such an album.

One last note, I have no idea why Amazon is saying this album is "explicit." It is not explicit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most August 8, 2013
By Timothy
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Although I'm a Fickle completist, I wasn't sure what to expect with this new album. I hadn't heard any new tunes from the man in a good number of years. Man I was not disappointed. This thing throws you around the room like all good albums do, and then it comes back for more. It's like David Baerwald meets John Lennon for a fistfight on the schoolyard but Bob Dylan breaks it up through osmosis and then everyone goes out for ice cream or Jack Daniels, depending on the song. For those looking for the same ol' thing, best to avoid this album. There's no "Carly's Got a Camera 2013" on this collection, instead you will be treated to some of the most alive and eclectic music ever. Buy it; you will not be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining psychotic.. August 8, 2013
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Self-pity and despair can be fun,..if given the right hooks. That is the creepy allegory that consumes Michael Var Fickle's masterpiece The Clavicle Gate. He probably wouldn't admit it though, it's a very musically diverse affair, which is a good thing, with an overall early 90's Alt-rock feel. There are some psychedelic overtones on songs like Nickels & Dimes(think Bob Geldof fronting Flaming Lips in the early days), and Halt My Hands(one of two songs where he channels the vocal timber of Nick Cave). I think my favorite moment is the rocker "You're a Fake, You're a Fraud and I'm You're Biggest Fan". An anthem of sorts to betrayal. The title says it all. The Clavicle Gate could be coming from a paranoid psychotic, but at least he's an entertaining psychotic. Oh, and the best lyricist I have heard in years.
-- J.A. Mitchell, Rockin' Ammonia Times
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is great!!!!! August 8, 2013
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The music is eclectic and electric!! Diverse and multi-styled, Michael Var Fickle takes you on a journey that ebbs and flows through a musical landscape that can only come from a deranged genius of this musical magnitude. His lyric writing is poetic yet blunt with a realism that strikes at the heart of longing, heartbreak, triumph and the indigestion of the soul. A must have for any music listener who goes beyond the mundane and into the real world that sounds great and tastes better. Buy it, Burn it, Love it!!!
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