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Fresh, energetic, experimental, pop,
By A Customer
This review is from: High Society (Audio CD)
The day-glo sleeve turns out to reflect the contrast in musical styles within. It's all held together by strong tunes and a playful approach employing lyrics about a throw-away, consumer, society. It's an "up" record and it's mostly pop.
Now to the contrasts. John Schmersal's singing alternates between a soothing "lounge" croon, deadpan Stephen Malkmus and something altogether more impassioned. Toko Yasuda's breathy, Japanese-accented vocals sound demure, but beware: she threatens to "throw you away when the flavour runs out" on the track "Disposable Parts". Likewise the instrumentation - one moment it's conventional, the next a synthesizer or some processed key sounds make an entry. Volume levels dart between low and very high within the space of a song (except on the unrepresentative opening track, which is Weezer-ish and noisy throughout). Some of this record is danceable, some of it is not. The lyrics are mostly escapist, but the title track displays what may be serious antipathy towards NYC yuppies: "On the way to a Broadway play she bought whatever was in her way".
Though there are vague similarities to Beck, The Pixies, Pavement, Sparks, Kraftwerk and the Beatles, the main ingredient is originality, at least to my ears. The production is good, and it's a pleasure to dip into the quality and variety which these experienced musicians have come up with here.