|Isidore / Life Somewhere Else|
|Add Date:||2012-05-12|| ||Pull Date:||2012-07-15|| |
|Week Ending:||15 Jul||8 Jul||17 Jun||10 Jun||3 Jun||27 May||20 May|
First album in seven years by this duo consisting of Steve Kilbey (The Church) and Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero). As the title suggests, this album conjures a lush, laid-back world of its own, pairing Kilbey’s oozing-cool vocals with music that’s two thirds pop and one third sound bliss. There’s a lot of great music here. Try 2, 4, 6, 11, 12. FCC WARNING 5.
1. (7:52)—A slow burner. Lots of sound effects and beautiful synths lead into an epic song that rides out its beauty and never crests (but never needs to).
2. *(3:36)—A lush, beat-less earworm that walks the line between mourning and cool serenity wonderfully.
3. (5:22)—Keeps a low energy level, despite the relatively elaborate arrangement. The verses sound especially pretty. False ending at -1:10.
4. *(4:54)—This slow song rocks more than those before it, but it never reaches full-on rock, instead choosing sublime tension. The repetition increases the sense of drama. So good.
5. (3:16)—FCC WARNING (f••••••). A mid-tempo electronic beat drives this song. Probably the poppiest piece on this album.
6. *(5:16)—Fast paced, acoustic guitar led song with more of the tense melancholy that spurs many of this album’s most beautiful moments.
7. (5:18)—Upbeat but, as always, relaxed. The psychedelic elements are reminiscent of the band’s first album.
8. (6:20)—Slow, hard driving beat and more psychedelic sounds. If you’re not keen on lyrics like, “Take off your pants and pretend you’re in France,” this might not be your cup of tea. Otherwise, this song comes recommended.
9. (4:34)—Another dance beat, but more slow creeping, distorted, and menacing than track five.
10. (4:52)—Mixes the lush, tense sound of the early songs on this album with some of the psychedelic sounds in the album’s second third. Mid-tempo.
11. *(3:49)—An appealing convergence of electronic beats and sounds with pretty acoustic guitar and driving electric guitar.
12. *(4:13)—With its psychedelic guitars and its dance-oriented beat, this sounds like a very relaxed My Bloody Valentine. Pretty.
13. (3:40)—Continues in the vein of the previous two songs with the fusion of electronic beats and lush rock instrumentation.
14. (3:41)—This very pleasant mid-tempo song closes the album. Beat-less, psychedelic, acoustic guitar driven.