Teen Men are a four piece audio/visual group comprised of musicians Nick Krill and Joe Hobson (The Spinto Band) and visual artists Albert Birney (Simply Sylvio) and artist Catharine Maloney. Their eponymously titled, self produced debut album was recorded at The Garden Center and Paper Lab Recording studios in their hometown of Delaware, their music is melodic, pop influenced psyche constructed from ambient layers of synths, samples guitars and vocals.
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Let’s face it, we are all heading into a safe and anodyne commercial wasteland. Today for example, Pitchfork reported on Rod Stewart appearing on the James Corden show; The Quietus, meanwhile, ran with a piece on Kim Kardashian. Say what you will about The Wire but which other mainstream magazine would put Ashtray Navigations on the cover?
Teen Men are yet another band who slather their music a commercial sheen. Ten years ago this would have been laughed out of Norman Records, now it’s here for me to attempt to find something positive to say about it. Sounding like half of the other records released this week, at least they have the decency to come up with a decent tune on ‘Hiding Records’ (subtitled ‘So Dangerous’ just in case you need a phrase from the chorus in your song title). Sadly the record doesn’t play past the second track. I took a risk on Monday in stopping my Tame Impala review after seven tracks after I couldn’t face it any more of it. Listening to the rest of it this morning I was justified - the score would have only been lowered. I’m also going to take a chance here and say that this is an album of scrubbed electronic pop in the vein of Postal Service and early MGMT.
From what I heard it’s pleasant and well constructed. If anything interesting happens after the first 6 minutes can someone let me know?
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