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1 review »I saw this guy a couple of years ago with the Black Lips and Carnivores (if memory serves me correctly) when his first album came out and was pretty impressed, he does a kind of one-man minimal synth-soul-pop thing and I remember his bass sounded ultra-fat through the Brudenell speakers. I know he’s collaborated with office fave Ela Orleans in the past too so I’m pretty intrigued to he ... »

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Life without Jazz by Idiot Glee
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 19 February 2013

I saw this guy a couple of years ago with the Black Lips and Carnivores (if memory serves me correctly) when his first album came out and was pretty impressed, he does a kind of one-man minimal synth-soul-pop thing and I remember his bass sounded ultra-fat through the Brudenell speakers. I know he’s collaborated with office fave Ela Orleans in the past too so I’m pretty intrigued to hear this new one.

I’m listening to it right now, and after starting off quite slow with a droney ambient passage he’s in full pop flow on the first side with falsetto vocals and laid back synthpop grooves which remind me a little of Toro Y Moi. Flip it and the title track ‘Life Without Jazz’ is particularly appealing, with Morrissey-esque vocals with lots of reverb and octave harmonies over a quite loungey upbeat synth backing, tinny programmed drums and some smooth sax. It sounds like a lift haunted by the ghost of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. For the closing track ‘Little Berlin’ he goes even more downbeat, with a spooky little crooner that comes over like a Lynchian take on ‘Mamouna’-era Ferry, with a smooth ‘80s bar jazz feel towards the end with more sax and some tinny, distorted guitar heroics. I like it.


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