Sunday, September 03, 2006

 

12 CENT DONKEY

12 CENT DONKEY: Where there are No Roads
Gulcher Records GULCH 605
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Gulcher Records never fail to surprise. One just got used used to them supplying offbeat garage punk and rock'n'roll. Then they come out with a spate of freeform acts. Now we get a record of top class ambient chillout music.
There's not too much to add except to say the quality is impeccable, the atmosphere created induces alpha brainwaves within seconds. I have been sitting here blogging for over two hours with this CD on repeat feeling perfectly relaxed and content. The effect beats any dope you could care to mention. Get it now and quit all your bad habits.

 

MYKAL XUL - GIZMO MY WAY

MYKAL XUL - GIZMO MY WAY

Gulcher Records GULCH 606
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More trashy bedroom punkrock from the Gulcher-Gizmo Axis. If you want headbanging moshpit pogo anthems, why waste time going elsewhere. You can't say nuffink interlectural abat dis.
Get down & get with it!
As it says on the sleeve....

PLAY LOUD ON CHEAP STEREO!!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

 

Ute Lemper - PUNISHING KISS

Artist: Ute Lemper
Album: Punishing Kiss
Title: Little Water Song
Authors: Cave
Duration: 3:58

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I'm pleased because I found this single in a junk shop this week. It's a great iterpretation of a Nick Cave song in case you don't know.
It made me go searching for my copy of the album it comes from...


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Artist: Ute Lemper
Album: Punishing Kiss
Year: 2000
track listing:
1. Little Water Song
2. Case Continues
3. Passionate Fight
4. Tango Ballad
5. Couldn't You Keep That to Yourself
6. Streets of Berlin
7. Part You Throw Away
8. Split
9. Punishing Kiss
10. Purple Avenue
11. You Were Meant for Me
12. Scope J
13. Lullabye


This is one of the sexiest records I own. If you don't know it you should go out and find it today. It's not exactly lounge lizard material - but in a similar area. To show I'm not the only person to love it here's a review nicked from Amazon...


<< Nick Cave's opener Little Water Song is a hauntingly beautiful piece - the last thoughts of a girl as she is drowned by her lover - Joby Talbot's wonderful string arrangements serenely evoke her watery grave. Joby's usual colleagues, The Divine Comedy, played a large part in this album as they performed most of the music and Joby co-wrote three of the songs with Neil Hannon.

Neil duets with Ute on two tracks including Tango Ballad which was included to mark the anniversaries of Kurt Weill's birth and death (100 and 50 years respectively) but it has been given a 'modern feel'. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, the 'tango' aspect being rather diluted. It is also a peculiar subject - happy reminiscences of an abusive and exploitative relationship but it grows on you and Neil's voice harmonises beautifully with Ute's.

This is even more evident on the wonderfully theatrical lovers row Split (by Hannon and Talbot). Of their other tracks The Case Continues begins with a simple and very Irish sounding piano phrase then expands widthways - Riverdance anyone?! Very dramatic! You Were Meant For Me is fantastic, somewhere between a tango and a Bond movie theme it builds to a passionate crescendo of desperate, obsessive, unrequited love. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to feel moved.

Elvis Costello co-wrote three of the songs, including the title-track which is surreal, like smooth dark chocolate with an exploding sherbet fizz centre! Passionate Fight is a lovely dance through a doomed affair with a '60s feel. It reminds me of Scandal by The Pet Shop Boys (with Dusty Springfield) or Cowboys and Angels by George Michael.

The two Tom Waits ballads are gentle, soulful and atmospheric, reminiscent of late afternoons and continental cafés.

Scott Walker's finale is less a song than a composition. Scope J is a musical journey through the limbo of semiconscious delirium. With disjointed snatches of lyrics, musical frenzy and serenity it veers between nightmarish paranoia and drifting calm, but somehow it all works and isn't bad to listen to.

Ute's wonderfully expressive voice combined with such a wealth of musical talent make this a very special album which draws you back time and again.

- Fiona Thorne >>

If you reckon you're a true connoisseur of fine music, your collection will not be on the road to completion until you possess a copy of this great record

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