NATHAN MICHEL - The Beast
[Skipp,
www.ski-pp.com]

DAT Politics - Go Pets Go
[Chicks on Speed Records,
www.chicksonspeed-records.com]

This batch of releases could easily fall under the realm of naive electronic music, but then again…

American native Nathan Michel's nth record "The Beast" is really an analogue-electronic record disguised as a pop record. [Does that make sense?] Forcing the listener to re-examine their position towards the battle of electronics vs. "real" instruments [as some call them], the recording is a cacophony of softer, gentler pop songs. Nathan [who composed and produced the entire project] plays every single note heard on this all too-brief 40 minute work. Gentle strumming guitars, hushed strokes on the piano, some flavourful marimba, steady beat on his percussion, and the bursts of melodica. This guy can play it all! The songs are very off-key. Yes, they're still pop songs, but they're quirky, with skewed lyrics [that are often only whispered or sung very quietly] and off-beat melodies. Nothing really sticks like it does in a Beatles songs, but at the end of the day, it's still a tangible and a hummable pop song. "A to B" features the haunting and very delicate vocals of Amber Papini, who duels off with Nathan to amazing effect. Electronics are used here sparsely, and when you hear the results, you're bound to end up amazed at the editing techniques Nathan has used. Quick cuts and sudden shifts in landscape make for a sometimes unpredictable ride [even inside of a single song]. Atmospheric, very lush [figuratively and literally too], delicate and warm, "The Beast" is not as scary as the title entails. This is honest music for a dishonest, rotten world.

Talk about a bizarre world! DAT Politics [who happen to be based out of France the country that gave us blue cheese] is one cooky outfit. I suppose they join Nathan Michel [who guests on one track on this record] on a quest to somehow meld the world of electronics with strong pop sensibilities. "Go Pets Go" [what is it with the silly animal costumes that the French seem to love so much?] is an exploration of the silly pop song form. The trio simply jumps through hoops to deliver an album that is as silly in sound as it is in concept. [Actually, I'm not too sure what the concept may be, but it must involve people dressing up as silly looking animals roaming around the house and doing all sorts of whacky things.] Vocals are skewed and altered heavily, while the music is one mish-mash of anything goes. A lot of electronics shift over a slightly acoustic landscape to give us something that is equally bizarre as it is quirky. High pitched voices, tiny little bleeps, cat sounds and general goofiness [think Butthole Surfers and you're warm]. Let's face it, could you ask for anything more from a record? Hoping that DAT Politics don't take themselves too seriously, all I'll say is that "Go Pets Go" is just fun music, with a capital F.

Tom Sekowski


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+ Paal Nilssen-Love/ Ken Vandermark - Dual Pleasure 2; Bridge 61 - Na żywo
+ Jacek Kochan - One Eyed Horses
+ Dezerter/ Tzn. Xenna/ Armia/ Tilt/ Siekiera/ KSU - 22 Polish Punk Classics
+ Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa - Wykorzenienie
+ Pink Freud - Jazz Fajny Jest; Ludzie - Sopot Surround
+ Peter Kowald - Duos - Europe. America. Japan
+ Orkiestra św. Mikołaja - O miłości przy grabieniu siana
+ Evenfall - Still In The Grey Dying...
+ Holy Death - Forever Burning Ashes
+ Avulsed - Gorespattered Suicide
+ Celebratum - Instinct
+ Inactive Messiah - Inactive Messiah
+ Hetman - Do Ciebie Gnam
+ Delight - Od Nowa
+ Devilyn - 11
+ Sayag Jazz Machine - Anachromic
+ Beltaine - Drzewo i kamień
+ Schisotosma - Moment
+ Henry Flynt - Purified by the Fire
+ Masaki Batoh - Collected Works 95-96
+ Muslimgauze - Chapter of Purity
+ Archie Shepp - Attica Blues
+ Sear Bliss - Glory and Perotion
+ Scorngrain - Cyberwarmachine
+ Venedae - Dekada Słowiańskiej Supremacji 1993 - 2003
+ Misteria - Masquerade of Shadows
+ Nów - Nowia
+ Vermouth - Na Krawędzi
+ Insidius Infernus - Eyes In Astral Abyss
+ Dub Buk - Idu na wy!
+ Andruchowycz/ Trzaska/ Mazolewski/ Moretti - Andruchoid
+ Ernesto Rodrigues/Alfredo Costa Monteiro/Guilherme Rodrigues/Margarida Garcia - Cesura
+ Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Manuel Mota/Jose Oliveira - Assemblage
+ Moby - Hotel
+ Urszula Dudziak - Ulla-la
+ Mia Doi Todd - Manzanita
+ James Taylor - Carthage Milk
+ Stereo Total - Do The Bambi
+ Some Paths Lead Back Again
+ Matthias Schaffhauser - Coincidence
+ Infinite Scale - Sound Senser
+ Quasimodo Jones - Robots And Rebels
+ Le Professeur Inlassable - Lecon No. 1
+ Populous - Queue For Love
+ Ben Nevile - Joseki
+ Mikkel Metal - Close Selections
+ Frank Martiniq - Little Fluffy Crowds
+ Inaqui Marin - Klinischtod
+ Linky - Quiet Rooms
+ LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
+ Andreas Heiszenberger - Drum And Bass
+ Further - Electroc Soul
+ Electronicat - Voodoo Man
+ Titonton Duvante - Voyeurism
+ Deadbeat - New World Observer
+ Daedelus - Exquisite Corpse
+ Son Of Clay - Two Abstract Paintings
+ Captain Comatose - Up In Flames
+ Ellen Allien - Thrills

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+ DENMAN MARONEY - Fluxations; WHAT WE LIVE - Quintet for a Day
+ BROTZMANN CLARINET PROJECT - Berlin Djungle; PETER BROTZMANN / PETER FRIIS NIELSEN / PETER UUSKYLA - Medicina
+ MORRISSEY - You are the Quarry
+ BO VAN DE GRAAF - Ticket; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Brazilian Beats 6; LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Ghost Towns; CHRIS CUTLER - Twice Around The Earth
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - Variations: A Movement in Chrome Primitive; WILLIAM BASINSKI + RICHARD CHARTIER - William Basinski + Richard Chartier
>> NATHAN MICHEL - The Beast; DAT Politics - Go Pets Go
+ LANGUIS - Unithematic; LANGUIS - The Four Walls
+ OKAPI - Where's the Beef?; VARIOUS ARTISTS - 45 Seconds of A Simballrec Compilation
+ ORGANUM - Vacant Lights / Rara Avis; ORGANUM / Z'EV - Tocsin -6 Thru +2
+ PHAROAH OVERLOAD - 3; ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. - Minstrel in the Galaxy; Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream of Electric Tapirs?
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Radio Sumatra The Indonesian FM Experience; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Radio Phnom Penh; BROKEN HEARTED DRAGONFLIES - Insect Electronica From Southeast Asia
+ TICO MOON - Lento; NAOMI & GORO - Turn Turn Turn; NAOMI & GORO - Presente de Natal Bossa Nova Christmas; MOOSE HILL - Wolf Song
+ HEIST - A Shopkeeper Will Not Appear
+ ERIK GRISWOLD - Altona Sketches; ROD COOPER - Friction
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Nevermind - Glitterhouse is 20
+ JEFF GBUREK - Energariums; RICARDO ARIAS - Musica Global
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Earsugar Jukebox The Toy Sound of Earsugar
+ THE KRIS WANDERS UNIT - On the Edges of Silence
+ JAMES TAYLOR - Carthage Milk
+ CRIMETIME ORCHESTRA FEAT. BJORNAR ANDRESEN - Life is a Beautiful Monster; THE CORE - Vision
+ MAGNETIZE - Biome
+ MANDOG - Big Wednesday; MARBLE SHEEP - For Demolition of a Spiritual Framework
+ KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF - Absencen

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