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9/10 Mike Staff review, 15 December 2011
The nu-kosmische revolution continues apace with this natty little LP from No UFOs, the pseudonym of Vancouverite Konrad Jandavs. There's a newspaper clipping on the back cover in which Frank Sinatra refers sweepingly to people who play rock and roll as “cretinous goons”, which raised a chuckle from me. It's a pretty varied listen actually. It starts off with some cosmic krautronica which melts into some rumbling electronic drones with a slight cut and paste element that held my attention without grabbing me by the throat, then things get melodic and repetitive again and there's some drums that appear briefly which makes things sound dead tasty and a bit like Neu!, before they melt into the background again. I like how Jandavs puts electronic and organic sounds together in places here. On the flip we've got some astral twinklings accompanied by piano tinklings, and then out of the blue we've got a track with really bright sounding live bass and guitar playing a repetitive riff with some monotonous chant-like vocals over the top and an organ drone gradually getting louder and more prominent. He seems to have a sly disregard for convention that really keeps you guessing, even though this is slow-paced and relaxing music. He'll start a cosmic echo-guitar exploration and then suddenly cut it off in favour of some swishing and churning sinister electronic drone, and then cut straight back to the guitar freakathon like it ain't no thing. Then we've got a glacial drone and pulse passage to round things off. For something so diverse and weird it holds together really well as an album. Totally worth a listen. We've still got a handful of copies of his debut EP left at the moment too, and that won't be coming back in.
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