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Plastiq Phantom :: Graig Markel & Versus On Venus The Summer Fire Review

The Stranger

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On "Texas Hedging," the final track of Graig Markel's The Summer Fire EP, a gorgeous thing happens: Plastiq Phantom steps in. In three short minutes, Markel's voice is reworked--cut up and essentialized, layered over a stuttering treatment of thick beats, its elegant timbre illuminated in the process. "Texas Hedging" is a sexy, soulful mess that makes it clear that Plastiq Phantom, if anyone, understands Graig Markel's sparkling talent and has a good use for it. The rest of the EP is hit or miss.

-- Jeff DeRoche