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Big Noise - Big Fun,
This review is from: A Brief History Of Love (Audio CD)
Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze, together with a fine
bunch of musical associates, make a big noise on their
debut album 'A Brief History Of Love'.
Pounding electronica laced with ethereal vocals,
screeching feedback and dense thrashing chords but
never too far away from a refined melodic sensibility.
They have an ear for a good tune amidst the art-house-rock
furnishings. They are making pop music despite themselves.
Things get off to a good start with three fine examples of
competent noise-management. 'Crystal Visions', 'Too Young To Love'
and 'Dominos'; the latter an industrial-strength composition
with an anthemic and memorable refrain.
'Love In Vain' demonstrates a lighter touch. Drenched in reverb,
its mournful central vocal performance sits uncomfortably
well with the contrastingly mischievous synth embellishments.
'At War With The Sun' is an almost jolly affair which had me
thinking of OMD here and there. Just my age perhaps ?
'Velvet' throbs along quite merrily too. The eighties reinvented
again with a fresh face and shiny shoes.
'Golden Pendulum' is a personal favorite. The epic sound and
serpentine vocal manages to be unpredictable and strangely
familiar in the same breath. This is the band's strength throughout.
'Frisk' is a stirring rhythmic invention.
Mr Matsuura' drums (here and elsewhere) drive it
along with convincingly dramatic energy.
Title track 'A Brief History Of Love' is a curiously
moody and affecting affair decorated atmospherically with
Joanne Robertson's laconic backing vocals.
'Tonight' sounds like it was recorded in a beehive.
The loopy tune is nothing short of delightful and was
clearly constructed with drinking and dancing in mind.
Final track 'Countbackwards From Ten' brings this
fine album to a powerful and satisfying conclusion.
An impressive first outing in every way.