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the Pink Dots…..’Legendary’ for a reason

TODAY WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS.  WHY PROBLEM YOU MIGHT ASK?  WELL, WRITING ABOUT A BAND THAT SOUNDS LIKE NO OTHER, HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1980, HAS RELEASED 32 ‘PROPER’ STUDIO ALBUMS AND HAS A DEVOTED CULT FOLLOWING YET NEVER ENJOYED MAINSTREAM SUCCESS CAN BE A BIT DAUNTING….BUT WE’LL TRY……

 PLAYERS HAVE COME AND GONE FROM THE BAND OVER THE YEARS, BUT THERE IS A CORE FEW TO L.P.D. THAT LEND A COHESION TO THE WIDE BERTH OF MUSICAL TERRAIN COVERED: PHIL KNIGHT ON SYNTHS, NILS VAN HOORN ON SAXES AND FRONTING THE ENSEMBLE IS EDWARD KA-SPEL AND HIS PARTICULAR VOCAL STYLINGS (WHICH WILL IMMEDIATELY MAKE SOME NEW LISTENERS RUN FOR THE HILLS, BUT WE FIND IT CHARMING, LOVELY AND UNIQUE).

WE FIND IT EASIEST TO UNDERSTAND THE L.P.D. CATALOG IF WE VIEW IT IN TERMS OF DECADES, WITH ALBUMS WITHIN A DECADE UTILIZING CERTAIN SOUNDS AND APPROACHES THAT ARE DISTINCTIVE FOR THAT TIME.  WE ARE BIG FANS OF ALMOST ALL THEIR ALBUMS (THEIR FIRST, CURSE, IS A FINE PLACE TO BEGIN AN INVESTIGATION) BUT TEND TO RETURN MOST OFTEN TO THE RECORDS FROM THE NINETIES.  WITHIN THE NINETIES,  WE CONSIDER HIGHLIGHTS TO BE THE ALBUMS CRUSHED VELVET APOCALYPSE, NINE LIVES TO WONDER AND THE MARIA DIMENSION.  IF PRESSED FOR A ‘FAVORITE’ ALBUM, WE MIGHT ADMIT TO THE MARIA DIMENSION FOR ITS’ PSYCHEDELIC AND ‘ETHNIC’ QUALITIES, STRONG SONGWRITING AND OVER-THE-TOP PRODUCTION.

WE REALIZE THAT IF YOU AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH L.P.D., WE HAVEN’T GIVEN YOU MUCH INDICATION OF WHAT THEY ACTUALLY SOUND LIKE.  TRUE.  HERE WE ADMIT DEFEAT, THAT OUR DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE HAS FAILED US. THOUGH, PERHAPS IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE VIRTUES OF THE MUSIC THAT IT CANNOT BE EASILY FILED, CATEGORIZED OR PIGEON-HOLED.

ALL WE CAN PROFFER IS THE IDEA THAT THIS MUSIC IS IMPORTANT, DESERVES RECOGNITION AND SHOULD BE LISTENED TO ON A MUCH MORE WIDE-SPREAD LEVEL. 

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Maria+Dimension/601916

 


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Disco Inferno…..finally!!!

WE WRITE THE AURAL DUSTBIN BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF RECORDS- MANY MANY OF WHICH WE FEEL NEVER GOT THEIR DUE RESPECT OR DESERVED SUCCESS.   THIS DOES NOT MAKE THIS MUSIC “PRECIOUS”, NOR DOES IT MAKE US “COOL” BECAUSE WE LISTEN TO ‘UNDERGROUND’ MUSIC.  THE TRUTH IS, WE’RE CONTINUALLY SICKENED THAT COMMERCE USUALLY COMES BEFORE CREATIVITY TIME AND TIME AGAIN.  WE’RE SADDENED THAT INNOVATORS IN MUSIC (‘POP’ MUSIC OR OTHERWISE) ARE CRUSHED BENEATH THE WEIGHT OF OBSCURITY AND COMMERCIAL OBLIVION, FAILING TO SELL MILLIONS (or even thousands) OF COPIES OF WORK THAT ACTUALLY MATTERS IN THEIR TIME.  OUR LIST OF DISCS TO CHAMPION HERE FAR EXCEEDS THE TIME OR ENERGY WE HAVE RIGHT NOW TO DEVOTE TO WRITING ABOUT ALL OF THEM.

SO, IMAGINE OUR SURPRISE AND DELIGHT  TO HAVE SEEN NOT ONE BUT TWO ARTICLES RECENTLY ON DISCO INFERNO: ONE OF THE MORE INNOVATIVE, DISTURBING, BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL BANDS TO HAVE SUFFERED A CRUEL FATE TRYING TO SUCCEED IN BRITIAN IN THE 1990’S.  A NEW COMPILATION, THE 5 E.P.s, HAS BEEN RELEASED BY ONE LITTLE INDIAN RECORDS, HOPEFULLY BRINGING WITH IT A NEW GENERATION OF FANS.  WE’RE SUGGESTING BEGINNING WITH A LISTEN TO IN DEBT, A COLLECTION OF THEIR EARLY SINGLES, BEFORE VENTURING ON TO THE TRULY MIND/EAR-BENDING ALBUMS TECHNICOLOUR AND DI GO POP.

CALL US LAZY, BUT WE FEEL THERE’S NO NEED TO BE REDUNDANT WHEN YOU CAN READ MUCH MORE IN DEPTH ABOUT D.I. IN THE AFOREMENTIONED ARTICLES, WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE:

http://thequietus.com/articles/07144-disco-inferno-interview

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15814-the-5-eps/

beyond the pigeonhole – De Kift

SOME PEOPLE INSTINCTIVELY FEEL A NEED TO TAME THE CHAOS THAT IS OUR WORLD (like our garden-fascist neighbors for instance who apparantly hate nature).  THEY TRY TO CLASSIFY, LABEL, ORGANIZE, PIGEONHOLE, COMPARE, AND REDUCE ANY IDEA OR OBJECT INTO A TIDY GENRE OF UNDERSTANDING.  THUS IT IS EASY FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO OPERATE IN AN ACCEPTED FASHION, KNOWING THAT WHAT THEY DO OR PRODUCE FILLS AN ALREADY ESTABLISH NICHE IN THE UNIVERSE.  CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL; SAFETY, COMFORT, PREDICTABLE, CONFORMITY, EASY OR BORING.

THEN THERE ARE THE ELEMENTS OF DISORDER [enter Pan stage left], THE GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT CANNOT BE CLASSIFIED, LABELED, COMPARED WITH OR GENRE-BOUND.  THIS HAPPENS IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR EXISTENCE, ESPECIALLY IN OUR ARTS.  OCCASIONALLY THERE ARE THOSE THAT SHATTER PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS, THAT ALTER OUR PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT IT IS WE KNOW, OR EXPECT, OF ART.  THINK OF ROTHKO, JOYCE, ARAGON, DUNCAN, LLOYD-WRIGHT,….

WHICH BRINGS US TO DE KIFT.  A MUSICAL GROUP FROM THE NETHERLANDS THAT HAS DEFIED CLASSIFICATION SINCE ITS CONCEPTION IN 1988.  THEIR TEN ALBUMS IN THE PAST TWENTY-THREE YEARS HAVE CREATED A SOUND THAT IS BEYOND THE CONVENIENCE OF GENRE LABELS.  THEY SOUND LIKE…..DE KIFT.   SOME HAVE USED THE PHRASE “FANFARE WITH PUNK & ROCK ELEMENTS”, BUT THAT’S STILL A MURKY DESCRIPTIVE SEA (although more than we’ll try here!).  YOU COULD ATTEMPT TO REDUCE THEIR MUSIC BY ITS INSTRUMENTATION, BUT THAT IS STILL NOT SUFFICIENT.    TRUE, THEY USE HORNS, GUITARS AND DRUMS.  YES, THE VOCALS ARE SOMETIMES SUNG, BUT OFTEN THEY ARE RAPID-FIRE, HIGHLY POETIC SPOKEN NARRATIVES (in Dutch). AT TIMES THE SONGS APPROACH TOUCHING POP BALLADS, OFTEN THOUGH THEY ADHERE TO THEIR OWN FORM AND STYLE.  ONE MUST SIMPLY LISTEN TO UNDERSTAND IT, WHICH IS WHAT WE RECOMMEND YOU DO.

THERE IS NO PARTICULAR ALBUM WE SUGGEST YOU HEAR FIRST….. START AT THE BEGINNING IF YOU’D LIKE, OR JUMP IN ANYWHERE IN THE CATALOG AS THEY ARE ALL UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL RECORDS.  WE’VE INCLUDED A PHOTO OF THEIR SECOND ALBUM, 1993’S KRANKENHAUS, AS IT HAPPENS TO BE ON OUR TURNTABLE THIS MORNING, WE LIKE IT A LOT AND BECAUSE THERE IS A NEW DOMESTIC PRESSING (including english and german lyric translations) AVAILABLE COURTESY OF THE DOMINO SOUND LABEL (OF NEW ORLEANS, LA).  ORDER IT ONLINE THROUGH FORCED EXPOSURE OR CONTACT DOMINO SOUND RECORD SHACK @ 504.309.0871.

REALLY, YOU SHOULD.