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Never Step on Their Mystique,
This review is from: S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. (Audio CD)
This is a magnificent record. Out Hud are perhaps best known now for including two members of the increasingly hyped !!!, but they stand apart as a band in their own right, distinctive from that related group whilst retaining some of thier stylistic similarities. In short, Out Hud are the more 'serious' band, a more cerebral take on the troublesome 'punk-funk' terrain than their cousins. In this way, they (unwittingly perhaps) provide an unexpected bridge between the two most recently dominant paradigms of leftfield indie music - Tortoise's post-rock and The Rapture's PiL/house flavoured grooves.
They accomplish this task with unnerving confidence, taking sped-up On-U rhythms and marrying them to all kinds of interlocking guitar, cello and keyboard tunes that neevr stay in one place. Sometimes, as on "Hair Dude, You're Stepping on My Mystique" the music changes tempo with all the dynamism of Slint; others, particularly "Dad, There's a little Phrase Called Too Much Information" tie themselves to a mroe consistent groove. It is never less than brilliant and never less than unique.