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This review is from: Open Heart Zoo (Audio CD)
We've been waiting for this.The scene: Your living room.A silver Lexus streaks through the streets of Rome.Nice Car.The music in the background is nicer
Smooth,calming, undulating orchestral sweeps.What is it ? Mozart? Beethoven?....then suddenly a jarring,psudo-electronic,operatic,hermaphrodite voice comes out of no-where..Is that Tom Yorke? can't be...too feminine...all in tune.It ends,your bemused.Such is life.Such is Martin Grech.
What you've been listening to is the title track from his debut album,Open Heart Zoo,and from familiar beginings it turns into something half-alien,half vague recollection.It kinda remind me of one of those weird polish arthouse cartoon soundtracks you find on C4 at 4am on a wet wednesday morning,except it's not just listenable-it's starkly beautiful,strangly addictive
I have to admit I've heard only three tracks from this Album, this one,the Floyd-esque German industrial metal debut single Dali and the ambient,etherial Irish rasps of Catch up(Ibiza Chillout anthem anyone?), but I've have to say I'm already salivating at it's potential.
This Aylesbury lad is only 19, but he's making music a scale of which Pink Floyd in their pomp would be proud of.Apparently he cites Radioheads "the Bends" as his main inspiration,and you can definately see the comparisons...it's Kid-A style music with a real direction and the orchestral scale of standout O.K computer tracks such as Paranoid Android and let down, and yet subtle hints of industrial metal/Ambient trance can be heard creeping in.This is what Amnesiac tried but failed to be.
There are also parts which remind me in it's starkness with Trickys Debut "Maxinque",it has that subtle techno chillout tone, and an alarmingly familiar promo photo with the heavy green Eyeliner,German uniform worn by the Tricky of that time.
I have a real feeling that critics will love this album,the tracks I've heard are just...soooooo different,So fresh.It's gonna take a while to get into the publics head too...this is not a first listen and you will love album....But it sounds like a grower of the highest order.It also sounds like a British youth rock movement waiting to happen,on par with "Whats the story" or "Never mind the Bollocks".Pop Idol it is not.
I just prey you somehow get to hear parts if not all of this album,and that this dosn't become a cult record that no-one but fanatics will hear.Somehow,I doubt it.