29-12-06

Sonic Youth - "Evol"

 

Evol album cover
Kim playing

I wasn't at all instantly attracted by Sonic Youth. Let's say I made a polite listening effort because my best friends were into grunge, while I was into the Madchester scene at the time. So my friends offered me Goo, but I finally came out on the less noisy "Evol". It's rather strange how I've always tolerated -yes even sought after- the fuzziest britpop while American music pleases me most when its calm. "Evol" is "love" inverted and not really far from "evil" itself, in a way that it's not meant to be soothing or poppy or anything like it. It constantly pushes the boundaries of its own sound, which leads to an album with a sweaty atmosphere of restlesness that would perfectly do for a thriller road movie. If the Pixies are the yell, this Sonic is the sigh that precedes that yell.

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21-12-06

Dead Can Dance - "Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun"

 

album cover
Dead Can Dance performing

Jaysus it’s hard choosing my favourite Dead Can Dance record. On the one hand these folks don’t really seem to produce anything bad. On the other hand a sampler won’t do for an introduction as it misses out the unique atmosphere of every album. In a lot of record shops the band is filed all too easy under new wave. Although new wave fans are likely to get a crush on Dead Can Dance, the band offers a lot more than just dark stuff. Instrumentalist Brian Perry’s performance is stupendous - singer Lisa Gerrard’s voice is awesome. Middle Ages’ tunes get intertwined with ambient pop and Arabic influences, making Dead Can Dance an incomparable band that anyone with a heart for romantic beauty should check. The only similar band that springs to my mind is Bel Canto, This Cortal Moil maybe, although those bands have always seemed more confined to me. Together with the Pixies, Dead Can Dance are the pride of 4AD, and really, that’s no wonder.

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16-12-06

The Beautiful South - "Welcome To The Beautiful South"

 
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Beautiful South

Saying The Beautiful South was the descendant of The Housemartins is like saying New Order was the descendant of Joy Division. It was, and at the same time it wasn't really. The South is catchy, but so were The Martins. And you could pick Heaton's voice from a thousand ones, no matter what band he was singing in. Still The Beautiful South is quite another band. Housemartins are just four chaps making perfect pop music, while you must frequently think of a whole orchestra hearing The Beautiful South. The albums hit single is the known "Song for whoever". I still haven't figured out if he's pop messing up jazz or the other way round, but Heaton, boy, I love you (and you're interesting).

 

/Dedicated to L./

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