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Do you like it?
on 30 March 2007
Funky trippy jazzy electronica. That's about all it takes to sum up Moloko's colorful debut "Do You Like My Tight Sweater?", which never stops with the wild sounds and cool bizarrity. Whether mixing airy organ with drum'n'bass or dipping into acid jazz, there is never a dull moment here.
"I dreamt that I was dreaming, I was wired to a clock,/Tickled by the minute hand tick tock tick tock," intones Roisin Murphy in a weird, robotic voice. Behind her is a swirl of piano and funky dancebeats, occasionally straying off into mellow electronic tones. And that's just one song.
In the songs that follow, Murphy and her bandmate Mark Brydon alternate bizarre electronica with weird little skits (like "Tight Sweater," which is just Murphy asking if we like... well, you get it). Sonic burps, metallic drumming, sampled voices, a mooing noise, sparking rhythms and strange chanting all are splattered over the songs, a sonic Jackson Pollock painting.
The electronic beats sound wild and a bit random, but further exploration shows that they are extremely deliberate: for example, Roisin Murphy gets to channel Beth Gibbons in the funky-jazzy "Dominoid," and the eerie, airy vocals and organ of "Butterfly 747" slowly ooze into a tribal drumbeat.
Murphy sings in a sweet, clear voice, which makes the oddball songs sound even weirder. "I dreamt that the bogeyman went down on Mr Spock/Sugar was a flowing sock it to 'em sock/I dreamt I saw a moo cow jump across the moon/Just a flight of fantasy zoom zoom zoom." But she can turn that voice into a spiky mace in songs like the claustrophobic "Killa Bunnies."
Despite the odd slow moment, Moloko never once slows down. Even the jazzy moments are kept unpredictable. But it's not the sort of thing you can immediately dance to, because the beats are all clouded in the deliciously weird sound effects and musical tweaks. Besides, who would want to dance if you can listen instead?
Moloko's debut was a surprisingly solid, whimsical one. Full of trippy-dancey-funky-jazzy-electro-pop, "Do You Like My Tight Sweater" is one to keep and listen to.