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Indietronica duo Conquering Animal Sound are releasing their first new work in over a year, following on from the lush and propulsive tactics employed for 2013's 'On Floating Bodies'. This 12" EP surveys the concepts and constructs of "gender and language", while taking a poppier approach to songwriting, with more traditional verse/chorus changeovers.

Vinyl 12" £6.99 £3.50 CHEM216

Ltd 12" on Chemikal Underground. Edition of 300 copies in screen-printed sleeve.

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Talking Shapes by Conquering Animal Sound
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6/10 Clinton 29 October 2014

Mmmm the vinyl smells of lemon. Right, the thing is about Conquering Animal Sound is this. They sound almost exactly like Bjork, the tone and enunciation of the vocal would never have happened had Ms Guðmundsdóttir never bothered to open her mouth. Still, there are worse people to sound like.

I loved Conquering Animal Sound’s debut ‘Kammerspiel’ but have never got on with them in the same way since. The invention on this limited 12” is not lacking but melody is somewhat at a premium. The opening track ‘The Next Day’ goes round and round chasing its Bjork-like tail in ever decreasing circles until it leaves without making much of an impression. ‘Htria’ is a more abstract piece with sampled vocals providing a bedrock for a complex vocal pattern, held together with parps of keyboard. ‘Puskas’ is a much more realised piece with some Kate Bushvocal stylings, repeating over and over ribbons of fluttering flute-like keyboards. Closer ‘A Solid Door’ reverts to the Bjork-isms of the first track. Everything is cut and spliced in a clever way and there’s absolutely no doubt Anneke Kampman has a great voice but I’m not finding much to cling onto amid the cleverness. Like a song for example. Maybe it needs a few more listens. 

Far too clever for its own good, maybe they need to be more stupid? But if you like abstract Bjork like electronica with oodles of complex production techniques, there’s four slices here with your name on it.       



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