It’s unlikely that any readers here have chanced upon my blog before. If you’re one of those unfortunate souls who have then I’m sure you’ll realize hastily that I have almost no interest in contemporary music. Everything sounds like some boring copy of a copy (thanks Baudrillard). Being a sallow old coot, I don’t get what the kids are into anymore. So you can imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail from the two chaps who masterminded this maelstrom and wasn’t instantly moved to vomit.
Their first release, Black Cassette, had some unlikely signposts that may or may not signify just who these guys were influenced by. I can list off a few bands in lazy writer fashion but I would probably embarrass myself when I find out that they actually listen to none of them. I can even suggest some genres that you or any other genre enthusiast might try to throw this one into, but that seems like a silly exercise. Because I think some might find it to be a challenging listen, which almost always suggests that the music is doing something right and people are dummies, this might not get all the hipster accolades that it truly deserves. But why would you want to be lumped together with a buncha kids with ironic sweaters and perms?
Stupid kids aside, the two things that make this stand out are the two things that everyone who writes about this band mentions: 1.) No guitars. As far as I know this is almost all electronics and samples, but no need to fret Francis, this isn’t some dull electronica nod music. 2.) Great vocals. I’ve heard some bands attempt music like this but they just don’t take it to a higher level. Here, the vocals give their sound an added advantage over the rest. Nice job guys.
Now comes record number two (No Youth) and it’s one that will certainly make your bells jingle. I whole heartedly endorse this title, at least the way I interpret it, because the youth shouldn’t be counted. Hail the old and the middle aged. Anyways, these vultures really spread their wings wide with this one and create a sound that makes it difficult to believe that this is a mere two piece. This is available through their bandcamp page as a choose your price download (under a creative commons licence). And that’s just one more reason to like these dudes. I love it when musicians just want their work to be heard and aren’t afraid to share.
You can buy a LP version of the Black Cassette on Flenser Records.