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- Image Certifies by Ora Iso
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NYC duo Jason Kudo, Kathleen Delay follow their 2014 debut album on Ba Da Bing with an absolute gem of a record on Regis’ ever-reliable Downwards label.
For starters, what the bloody heck is that contraption on the cover she’s nestled up next to munching on a tasty morsel? Do they make tunes with that thing? It looks more like something you’d use to cut sheet metal with. ‘Image Certifies’ is an album of dark, noisy pop that’s pissed off with the world. The world is most definitely a sad and cruel place for sure. Ora Iso know this ‘This World is ill… is it money, is it sex or power” as Delay laments on ‘Deep Fix’ “... this world is sick, so sick” I don’t think she means the version of “sick” that actually means awesome. But like really, the world is totally fine - humans are the problem. As confirmed recently with a study that concluded that humans comprise just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals. Go humans!
If you feel the same then this expertly crafted misanthropic album is the perfect soundtrack to your downer. Acknowledging just how shit things are on this planet sorta sows little seeds of hope, so there are glimmers of optimism lurking within the gloom here. Some bits kinda remind me of Carla dal Forno and there’s a brilliant scorched cover of Chris Isaak classic ‘Wicked Game’. I’m most definitely digging this album.
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