:: Friday, June 09, 2006
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING
yup, it's another week and with it comes yet another fresh shipment of fucked up bizarre CD's for SPOZ to review here for your mind numbing amusement.. coz hey, if I'm stupid enough to listen to this junk.. then perhaps, so will you too!
DATAROCK - SELF TITLED
in brief: geek partytime music
rating: 2.5 / 5
this album pretty much sounds like wot you'd get if you combined the sublime geekiness of an 80's band like TALKING HEADS, mix it up with a JOHN HUGHES movie (think especially WEIRD SCIENCE) whilst it's duking it out with NAPOLEAN DYNAMITE and then take 'em on a spastic roller-disco jam on a lazy Sunday evening full of uncoordinated spotty teenagers, all gangly limbed with thick glasses, awkward silences and clogged sinuses.. yeaaah, paaarty!
the combined result is this oddball little CD.. equal parts ecclectic indie, funk and and cheese electro.. cooking up a laidback groove of 808 disco beats, funky loose basslines, fuzzy indie guitars with endless loopy disco noodlings, sprinklings of cheesy synth stabs and the sorta throwaway retarded sing-along lyrical flows that wouldn't sound out've place to something DEVO would write.. but overall it's quite damn catchy in it's own silly way.. even if the silly nature of this album seems too much like an obscure in-joke between the band at our expense.. are they being serious here? or are they taking the piss? quite often it's hard to tell..
there's some damn cool songs here that really hit home.. but, it can tend to really drag on into mediocrity over the course of the album as the same tired joke is run thru over and over and over again (just with slightly different punchlines each time) so, you may be hard pressed to endure an entire album of this.. but, in small doses it can actually be some really coolarse stuff..
highlight songs: COMPUTER CAMP LOVE, FA-FA-FA, PRINCESS, SEX YOU UP
THE KNIFE - SILENT SHOUT
in brief: eeringly spacious nordic electro
rating: 3.5 / 5
now this here is some seriously bizarre-arse shit.. imagine if you will.. if you ventured up north beyond the artic circle somewhere in Northern Europe where the reindeer live.. and frolicking amongst the snow covered trees, the fjords, the slowly creeping glaciers.. is the sound of this music.. music that sounds like it was conjured by crazy snow trolls and ice queens and then transcribed into english by a secretive cabal of white haired elves older than the hills themselves..
it's an electro sound, but an exceptionally sparse and eerie electro.. often-times dripping with foreboding doom, slow, pondering, contemplative, reaching operatic levels of cold and distant terror.. punctuated by marching beat synthetic beats, bubbling and flanging synths, a shitload of reverb filling up the room to cathedral levels whilst vocalists chant and incant like satanic chipmunks, heavily FX'd with flangers and phasers and vocoders all dosed up on too much chilled vodka.. like we're listening to KATE BUSH being kidnapped by robots in some kinda bad 70's BBC sci-fi tele-movie..
it may be a damn near creepy, all eerie and oblique, all enveloping in it's scope, just about choking you with it's claustrophobic undercurrents, filling you with the sounds of winter stillness, the forever long night that stretches for months, the northern lights.. but it's a damn powerful and compelling experience at that..
this can be a hard CD to really get into it.. it's definitely not for all tastes.. but you've gotta respect the austere and haunting artistry of it.. definitely a one in a kinda experience.. so, if you dare.. try it out for y'self.. ;)
highlights: SILENT SHOUT, WE SHARE OUR MOTHER'S HEALTH, LIKE A PEN, FOREST FAMILIES
GO! TEAM - THUNDER LIGHTNING STRIKE
in brief: kid's birthday party jam
rating: 4 / 5
thus album sums up perfectly memories of childlike exciteability and naive fluffy innocence.. like going nuts at an amusement park, opening up presents in a deranged frenzy on Christmas Day, getting a new bike and taking it for a spin around the neighborhood and having a smile a mile wide in the process.. it's the sound of rainbows and sunbeams, frisbees and flying puppies.. it's all loud and clanky, horribly distorted and all flying into the red an absolute mess of cacophony but damn if this is nothing but pure fluffy joy..
for the most part, it rolls along like a chunked out instrumental collage.. featuring blocky as all hell 60's psychedelic rock and funk breaks crashing in a sea of noise and all along accompanied by a selection of the most dorky elements like honky tonk piano whackiness, broken banjo noises, herald brass and horns, goofy flutes all fresh out've SESAME STREET whilst exciteable kids shout "ONE TWO THREE FOUR!!" and play along chirpy hand-clap noises.. yeah, you'd think a mixture of all this would simply annoy the living shits out've ya.. yet, it's all so damn cheery and carefree and infectious you can't but help play along y'self, forget all the ills of the world and flap around like an idiot to it..
just like childsplay, this stuff really isn't all that deep or intelligent.. sure, there's multiple layers to the music and a real density of sound.. but it all measures out into the same simple emotions, and comes at ya messy as all fuck in it's delivery.. vocals if anything are few and far between.. and when they do feature beyond exciteable shout-alongs.. they're nothing more than ridiculously incomprehensible jam-along silly rhymes and party chants..
it may come at you like 100 puppies looking for fun in all the wrong places.. and it could very well drive a lot of you insane.. but hey, for all of you who ever wanted to revisit the simple fun of childhood with nary a hint of darkness or sadness in sight.. then this short 37 minute trip may just be the thing yer looking for.. ;)
highlights: LADYFLASH, GET IT TOGETHER, JUNIOR KICKSTART, BOTTLE ROCKET
well, that's all for this week.. stay tuned for more weirdness next week..
oh, and if you've got any shit out there you'd want me to check out (and perhaps review for shits n giggles) then lemme know.. coz hey, I'm always up for new musical weirdness to expand my mind with :)
:: Spoz 1:07 AM |