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- 1-800-Greed by Girlseeker
Apparently this record is collectively coming out on literally ten different labels. TEN! I was on a band that put out a record on four labels once and even that seemed a bit much. Still, it can't hurt to have names like Kraak, Big Love, New Images, Release the Bats and Underwater Peoples batting for you, can it? Anyway, slap it on and this Copenhagen bunch are knocking out some weird drifty experimental pop music with smooth keyboards and muffled guitar scree and submerged vocals which are alternately boomy and falsetto (mostly boomy). Pretty weird stuff. It's reminding me a little of US Girls' off-kilter murk-pop in places, but with low monotone male vocals. It's quite morose but also kind of insistent and pumping in its own way thanks to simple, krauty drum machine beats. The pop elements are always quite prominent - these are all 'songs' in the traditional sense as far as structure and melody are concerned, but the textures they use are playful and weird, often to the point of being almost self-sabotaging, which lends this record a layer of obnoxious nonchalance that's probably more calculated than it sounds on first listen, kind of like the Intelligence, if the Intelligence had been weaned on Bauhaus and '80s synthpop. In places they're reminding me of the Teenage Panzerkorps offshoot Horrid Red too, which can only be a good thing. Occasionally a little awkward to approach, but this album is unusual and cool and packed full of actual tunes once you get your head around the obtuse murky '80s textures. Totally decent.
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