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Sound Kapital

Handsome Furs Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B004YKB51A
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Repatriated 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cheap Music 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. No Feelings 6:590.99  Buy MP3 


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`Sound Kapital' is the third full-length from Handsome Furs, the Canadian two-piece of husband and wife Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry.
It's also the first Handsome Furs album written exclusively on keyboards. This was a conscious decision.
Here in 2011, the suggestion that electronic music is cold, alien or unfeeling, somehow detached from the human experience, is as lingering as it is outdated.
Handsome Furs don't just shrug off this myth on `Sound Kapital', they reject it with every fiber of their shared being.
Like Fad Gadget and Suicide before them, Handsome Furs use keyboards and drum machines to forge life-affirming anthems taut with muscle and blood.
These nine songs of innocence and experience occasionally look ahead to a better world in the not-so-distant future, but Handsome Furs know what time it is: Now.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electro - Heaven 21 Aug 2011
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Canadian husband and wife team Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry
kick up a lot of dust in their new album 'Sound Kapital'. The
nine tracks in this collection straddle electro, pop and rock
genres with considerable panache and not a little humour.

Take 'Damage' as a good example of their energy and tenacity.
Grinding guitar, driving percussion and sizzling synths meld
together in a glorious three-and-a-bit minutes of mayhem; dark
and dirty with Mr Boeckner doing his best vampire-in-your-wardrobe
impression. So too 'Bury Me Standing', which proves that the dead
can, indeed, dance! Great tune; great chorus; an absolute stormer!

It's Handsome Furs' way with melody which has won me over. The beats
are huge but when married to thematic content as strong as this it's
a formula for a very good time. The spirit of the eighties is never
too far away but in this talented couple's hands reinvention becomes
far more than mere tribute. This stuff is as fresh as the morning dew.

'Serve The People' is a powerful anthem which trips us up initially
with its down-played introduction but when the verse kicks in it
arrives like huge blow to the solar plexus, knocking us sideways.
It's real hands-in-the-air stuff. The Labour Party might well think
about using it as a theme tune to their next election campaign. If
they could find an honest candidate (unlikey!) to front the show it'd
get my vote hands down! 'Repatriated' comes with a full set of teeth
and chews down on a gloriously rollicking rhythmic pattern which sounds
like it could be the love child of The Human League and Arcade Fire.
For my money it is the transcendental beating heart of the album!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars infectious, gently demented, synth/keyboard pop 15 July 2011
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
3rd release from married Montreal duo with a member of Wolf Parade. Leaving the guitars
behind, this one is all infectious, gently demented, synth/keyboard pop with a dramatic pro-
revolution, melody-driven tension & a driving beat. Shades of Human League, Gary Numan,
Ultravox, Phoenix. The vinyl version is beautiful: A full-frontal nude female cover (which, in the
words of the 8-Legged DJ, "brings out the 13 year old" in all of us), gorgeous photography on a
clear background inner sleeve and scrumptious orange marble vinyl.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent driving sonic onslaught 1 July 2011
By M. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Wolf Parade, and also Sunset Rubdown. Listening to previous Handsome Furs efforts, I'd enjoyed songs. But this album is solid, throughout. Mixing Dan Boeckner's unmistakeable vocals and song craft (that, an unexpected highlight of the most recent Wolf Parade album) with chunky, driving synth beats lends these songs a can't-put-it-down catchiness and urgency, running throughout. Great, frenzied music for summer 2011.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital 9 Sep 2011
By Rudolph Klapper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps it's a coincidence that Wolf Parade put itself on an innocently innocuous "indefinite hiatus" just as half of its songwriting core prepared to release an album that firmly situated himself as an individual talent separate from that seminal Canadian group. It's probably just as well; Wolf Parade were beginning to look like the new Broken Social Scene, a musical tree from which other acts and talents could grow and develop under its critically acclaimed shadow. The problem was that those side projects were well on their way to eclipsing Wolf Parade itself. Spencer Krug's Sunset Rubdown and Swan Lake "supergroup" have each gained a considerable amount of steam, with the former's 2009 effort Dragonslayer bringing up the awkward question of what happens when one member of a band releases an album arguably superior to anything that band had released as a whole. Dan Boeckner's collaboration with his wife Alexei Perry never received that kind of hyperbolic acclaim, but with Sound Kapital Handsome Furs finally have found the niche that has excluded them for so long, the chance to be their own band and not just a guitarist's vanity project.

Paradoxically, Sound Kapital steps out from Wolf Parade's shadow not with Boeckner's trademark riffs but with his keyboards. On the surface the record is a shackling of creative energies, the pair's idea to write an entire album using just synths and unironic dance beats pushing the guitar back to the occasional accent rather than the driving force. If you think this would sound forced, it does, but not in a way that sabotages the record's aim. Sound Kapital wants to sound industrial, calling to mind dark `80s clubs and merciless backbeats while maintaining a fine pop sheen. The space between the clattering drum machine and buzz saw synths in "Damages" combined with Boeckner's anguished yelps make for a vaguely threatening aura, and it's in this limbo between Eastern European machinery and Depeche Mode darkness that Sound Kapital comfortably makes its nest. It's a tense arrangement, one that makes a straightforward hook like the one in "Bury Me Standing" or the caustic guitar riff (the only prominent one on Sound Kapital and all the more ferocious for it) from "Cheap Music" never boring, never repetitive like too much electro pop.

Much of the credit goes to Boeckner's rebellious lyrics, which stem from his time traveling in third world countries like Burma and the Philippines and color otherwise harmless fare like "When I Get Back." Boeckner has never been the most subtle of lyricists ("Little Golden Age," his best effort from Wolf Parade's last album, was a guileless paean to nostalgia), so when Boeckner barks "diamonds and gold for the idiot sons / all the privileged thieves come and make things run" on album centerpiece "Serve The People," it sounds much less clichéd with the throbbing synths and booming drums than it would with a typically Boecknerian guitar anthem. Hell, if the Soviet "K" in the title wasn't a tip-off, one listen to self-evident titles in "Repatriated" or "Damages" or "Memories of the Future" will have you reading Marx and Brockway. What makes Sound Kapital not mere proselytizing is Boeckner's earnest howl and the way Perry's synths and drumbeats create a faint atmosphere of oppression in a downtrodden, decaying dance club.

It's the perfect fit for Handsome Furs, a tack that would have seemed grandstanding with the group's earlier guitar-oriented sound but now seems like the band's logical direction. Boeckner has always seemed more at ease singing just what he feels without any of Spencer Krug's veiled metaphors and storytelling, and Sound Kapital's anti-establishment bent is as heartfelt and pointed as any punk screed. What makes it special is how those lyrics merge so seamlessly with the rigid drums and retro keyboards and create a product that is as authentic and real as the ideal of the `80s is cheesy and fake. A punk record using sounds straight out of the neon lights of underground European clubs, a style reminiscent of bad haircuts and worse clothes? If this is what we're going to be getting from Boeckner and company, perhaps Wolf Parade can stand to take a break for as many years as it needs to.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I sweat buckets with this record 17 April 2012
By Eric J. Baur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great record, particularly in the gym and on runs, but also to get a late-night house party moving. All tracks are really good - only two tracks are less than A material ('Damage' and 'What About Us')- everything is pure awesome.

Buy the record and get on with your life.

Or don't. I don't care how terrible your life currently is without this record.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums 17 April 2012
By Bagheera - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is a really good album.. pretty much all the songs are great. interestingly the album cover is different if you download this from amazon (i assume in the name of appropriateness)
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