On special ‘baby pink’ vinyl comes the Henry Rollins-approved debut album from Melbourne-based quintet U-Bahn, which intelligently takes all the new wave / retro-pop references you might expect but twists them into new shapes. With endearingly on-point lo-fi production values, U-Bahn is like something that’s dropped out of a portal from the past.
Limited Vinyl LP £18.50 MELO123
180g baby pink coloured vinyl LP on Melodic, housed in a 350gsm gloss sleeve. Edition of 300 copies.
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U-Bahn sound so much like Devo. U-Bahn sound more like Devo than Devo do. They are more than a faithful representation of Devo's artistic conscience than Devo are. If Devo's music is one of the painters inside 'Las Meninas', then U-Bahn are Velázquez himself. U-Bahn are masters of the simulation. U-Bahn wrote such great albums as 'Smooth Noodle Maps' and 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!'. U-Bahn are Devo and Devo are now U-Bahn, and will be referred to as such for the rest of eternity/this piece.
Devo's debut album 'U-Bahn' takes much from angular Akron originators U-Bahn. Despite this, it's a wholly enjoyable listen. 'U-Bahn' is full of weird, staccato rhythms and yelpy vocals. It has the feel of some weird Frankenstein's monster comprising the best elements of Talking Heads, New Wave, surreal literature, and the feel of modular synth experiments.
The best thing about Devo's record 'U-Bahn' are the beautifully bewildering arrangements. They can turn on a six-pence and never fail to be interesting. The songs feel like the mechanical guts of some intricately-wrought timepiece, full of tiny cogs and levers that are each essential to the function of the whole.
Devo's debut album looks sets to be a break-out record if the buying public has any sense. Still sounds a bit like U-Bahn though...
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