:: Friday, June 30, 2006
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING
yup, SPOZ reviews yet more CD's for your grossly misinformed music hunting needs..
you obviously know the drill by now..
so, dive on in yo!
in brief: cruisy epic melancholy
rating: 4.5 / 5
aaaah, ESKIMO JOE.. you used to be the ultimate fluffy indie pop band.. crafting all those addictive little sing-along anthems to naive puppy love with your 1st album "GIRL".. you could slap that CD on anytime, and no matter wot horrid mood you'd be in that album would leave ya grinning ear to ear.. but, with each successive album, it seems they've suffered thru so many broken hearts, lost so much hope.. that now, with this 3rd album we find them all curled up in foetal position in the corner of a badly lit room they've just spent all day painting black.. they're unshaven.. messy.. wearing mismatched clothes.. swigging from a 1/2 empty bottle of red wine whilst rotten cigarette smoke is seen circling in a thick haze above from their yellow nicotine stained fingers pissing the last of their dreams away.. and this music is the bitter and twisted gothic soundtrack they weave.. you almost feel like stealing that bottle away from them.. flicking the bright lights back on like a police interrogation and screaming at them to "FUCKING SNAP OUT'VE IT! SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEESH! THERE'S MORE FISH IN THE SEA MAAAN!! CHEER UP!! OH AND FER FUCKSAKE!! TAKE A SHOWER MAAAAN.. YOOOOO STINK!!"
and yet, listening to this album, you can't help but wanna join in.. for, as dark as this is, it's also SO damn inviting.. so epic, so sweeping and cinematic like a brooding cold winter's night inside watching rain splatter on the windows that you can't help but find the beauty in all this twisted tragedy.. all those sledgehammer driven drums, the thick melancholic piano chords, all those haunting vocals filled with sadness, guitars muted back to low accompanying acoustic strumming.. it's just like COLDPLAY's "X & Y", U2's "ACTUNG BABY" or mid 80's INXS with all the sweeping grandeur, all the textured production, the cohesive dark vision, but with none of the wanking pretense..
this could either make the ultimate soundtrack to your next suicide attempt, a teen melodrama, or the ultimate funeral score.. but, it's a damn near sublime one at that.. just like the name says.. it's "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" all the way.. brilliant!
highlights: BLACK FINGERNAILS RED WINE, BREAKING UP, LONDON BOMBS
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - SELF TITLED
in brief: nasal geek disco
rating: 3 / 5
listening to this album, is kinda like imagining some horribly out've control nerd spazz disco, consisting of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, RICK MORANIS from GHOST BUSTERS, those dorks from FREAKS AND GEEKS, that freaky anoerexic kid with the big nose from the movie ROAD TRIP and MILHOUSE from THE SIMPSONS all having a disjointed boogie in the school gym with their grandparents.. giving you cheerfully awkward sounds of people playing around with DICK SMITH "do-it y'self" circuit board kits, the original NINTENDO system, ATARI ST, DONKEY KONG, PAC-MAN, your dusty old COMMODORE 64.. or kinda like DAVID BYRNE from TALKING HEADS with his sinuses all blocked up, 1/2 singing and 1/2 speaking his lyrics whilst playing with the factory presets on his CASIO KEYBOARDS..
it's seriously geeky shit, mixing equal parts spastic 808 beats, cowbells, KRAFTWERK bleeping synths, dumb 80's funk guitar and whacked out 3AM strangeness with a slacker indie distorted fuzz feel that almost lends it a relaxed "lounge" groove.. and yet, amongst all the dork.. you can't help but grin and appreciate it..
(but remember kids, it's best to enjoy this in small doses only.. lest the cool kids find out, give you a wedgie and flush your head in the toilets again.. yeouch!)
highlights: DAFT PUNK IS PLAYING AT MY HOUSE, TOO MUCH LOVE, TRIBULATIONS, DISCO INFILTRATOR
THE RAPTURE - ECHOES
in brief: indie dancepunk operatics
rating: 3.5 / 5
here lies the INDIE COOLKIDS equivalent of ROMEO and JULIET.. as they bring you a tale of love gone horribly wrong to a soundtrack of indie funking excess, gnashing artrock, deep booty shaking chunky bass chords, reed thin guitars, acid house flourishes, melodramatic heavy piano chords, off-hey whining singing thick with an air of desperation and yearning (like ROBERT SMITH on acid) and a slamming dancefloor friendly 4/4 dancepunk groove you can't deny.. it sounds like a smack addict POSTPUNK BEATLES 12 inch remix or a horrid love affair with a carcrash breakup as it mixes you between the extremes of absolute joy and screaming sorrow like the worst in MANIC DEPRESSION.. but, it's oh so freaking impossibly cool and addictive all the same..
yup, whilst all the BANDWAGGON jumpers may be running around listening to FRANZ FERDINAND or the BLOC PARTY thinkin' that they're the BEST shit around.. THIS is wot all those "too cool for you" fashion victim aneorexic indie kids are REALLY listening to before they crowd out all your pissy rock DJ venues at 3AM with their alcoholic artschool girlfriends.. coz hey, if it's got COWBELLS in it.. you just KNOW it's gotta be cutting edge cool..
but I should warn ya, it's not an easy inviting record to begin with, as you can't help but feel they got the whole flow of the album back to front with all the messiest and most disjointed of songs you'd usually find at the end of an album at the beginning.. only to find all the cool catchy anthems somewhere around the middle.. so, it may be a frustrating as all fuck experience to begin with.. but stick with it.. and by about song 4 you should start really getting a groove for it.. and before too long, you'll be on the dancefloor too going crazy to this shit.. :)
highlights: I NEED YOUR LOVE, THE COMING OF SPRING, HOUSE OF JEALOUS LOVERS, LOVE IS ALL
and that kiddies is ALL we got for this week..
friday night is coming up..
and SPOZ is off to get deeeRuUNK.. wEEEeEEEEeEeEEEEE!!!
:: Spoz 5:04 AM |