On Don’t Believe the Hyperreal, Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom take a break from their day jobs in The Burning Hell for some sharp wit and deadpan balladry. These charming acoustic arrangements and self-aware ditties recall Jeffrey Lewis at his most confident. Available on vinyl LP and CD from BB*Island, the Public Enemy referencing title should be enough to convince you.
6/10 Robin Staff review, 11 May 2016
Authentic folk singer-songwriter soliloquy sadness! Nah: this album takes a plaintive sound we’re all used to and decides to poke an insurmountable amount of fun at it, placing nimble and fragile guitar strums and sweet vocal duets against deadpan and often quite silly lyrics. ‘Don’t Believe the Hyperreal’ begins with lyrics about druids and fixing a stereo and reasons to like the Beatles.
I’m not saying that trying to be funny is an excuse for making a strummertime singer-songwriter album: this is at times like an overtly-whimsical She & Him meeting Jeffrey Lewis at a bad party, as on “Fuck The Government, I Love You”, wherein way too referential lyrical vignettes are exchanged at lightning fast speed. At times the record veers towards untrained folk punk glee, as on the warbled and suddenly intervening harmonies of “Every Song I Sing For You”, with all its bells and whistles (n.b. not actual bells and whistles -- they’re ocarinas and clarinets).
It’s quirky and self-aware and making fun of… something? Maybe it’s just trying to give out some feather-light humour for our work-heavy weekdays. I would recommend this to 2009.
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