Though DeCicca's solo gigs are usually acoustic affairs, his work with the Black Swans finds the guitarist and vocalist cutting loose and turning up the volume a wee bit -- even though the accompaniment primarily consists of accordion, violin, and brushed drums. And on Sex Brain, the band's latest, the music gets rather bawdy. While DeCicca's vocals definitely betray a love for Dylan, the band's nearly anthemic melodies can be traced back to his Springsteen fixation. When it all comes together (see "Dark Plums"), the Black Swans groove like a pack of hippie love children dumped on the porch of an Appalachian orphanage.
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