MINIMUM CHIPS
Lady Grey

[Moteer, www.moteer.co.uk]

Hailing from Australia, Minimum Chips is a four piece that in one way or another perfectly encapsulates just-finished summer. As you sit with your eyes full of tears, mourning the passing of the warmth, the heat and humidity [depending on where you live - I'm not sure Yukon experiences bouts of humid air], you think of an ideal way to bring all the memories back. You look through your shelves and find "Lady Grey". As you slip the CD into your player, you realize you've heard similar tender female vocals before. Certainly Stereolab used to do mellow pieces like this as they were just starting out. I remember Lush had ballads in their repertoire during the late 80's. Difference is, those other bands rocked too, while Minimum Chips are just a lazy alternative to all of that harsh stuff. Nicole Thibault's vocal styling is not unlike those of Emma Anderson's from so many years ago, as she woo-wooed her way into my consciousness. Difference is Nicole tends to stay at one end of the vocal spectrum for an entire record. In addition, she also plays keyboards, trombone, glockenspiel and melodica. Keyboard motifs may be kitschy but they're also so soft and tenderly appealing; you can't help but love them to death. Though everything is sung in English, these songs may be mistaken for Gainsbourg's late 70's phase. Each of the tracks is so full of innocence; you'd mistake this music for something that was made by a bunch of grade school kids. Every single melodic line takes you far away, not just to a summer past, but to a time when things were simpler; when melodies flowed free from you AM radio, when your biggest worry was what your Mom packed in your lunch box.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ The Beauty Room - The Beauty Room
+ Louie Austen - Iguana
+ Split EP 3
+ Brak - Brak
+ Cassius - 15 Again
+ Conjoint - A Few Empty Chairs
+ Contemporary Household - She Said
+ Contriva - Separate Chambers
+ Housemeister - Enlarge Your Dose
+ Michael Mayer - Immer 2
+ Isolee - Hermelin/Ermine
+ Hanno Leichtmann - Nuit Du Plomb
+ The Mars Volta - Amputechture
+ Milosh - Meme
+ Morgentau - Sunrise
+ My My - Songs For The Gentle
+ 4 Women No Cry - Vol. 2
+ Older - Inside Of The Tears
+ Phage & Daniel Dreier - Beeswax
+ The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
+ Reynold - My Favorite Film
+ DJ Shadow - The Outsider
+ Fat Jon & Styrofoam - The Same Channel
+ Transmission - Beyond Light
+ Transit Kings - Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon - Works In The Mix
+ Unknownmix - The Siren
+ Marshall Watson - Math And Other Word Problems
+ Paul Wirkus - Deformation Profesionnelle
+ ZokZok - Sieben
+ Jesu - Silver
+ Sao Paulo Underground - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
+ Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - The Exchange Session vol. 1
+ Hervé Boghossian w/ John Tilbury & Mark Wastell - Archi.Texture Vol.1
+ Wade Matthews/Ingar Zach - Mørke - Lys
+ Keith Rowe/Mark Wastell - Confront Performance Series 02
+ Eugene Carchesio & Leighton Craig - Leaves
+ Diane Cluck - Monarcana
+ Z'EV - Rhythmajik
+ Hati - Recycled Magick Soundsystem: Live
+ Aidan Baker - The Sea Swells a Bit
+ Troum/Martyn Bates - To a Child Dancing in the Winds
+ Le Forbici di Manitu - Tagliare
+ August Born - August Born
+ V.A. - Not Alone

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+ DEREK BAILEY - To Play
+ Frédéric Blondy / Le Quan Ninh - Exaltatio Utriesque Mundi
+ GRIZZLY BEAR - Yellow House
+ DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET - Some Trees
+ RASHIM - Suns.Shadows
+ RAFAEL TORAL - Space
+ PAUL FLAHERTY - Whirl of Nothingness
+ THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - BalladWare
+ BOB MEYER - All This is That
>> MINIMUM CHIPS - Lady Grey
+ ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - Stuffed With/Out
+ SUSANNA AND THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA - Melody Mountain
+ SMUTNY - Telehors
+ MYLES BOISEN & JON RASKIN - Music + One
+ V.A. - Tone 25
+ KK NULL / DANIEL MENCHE - Raijin
+ MIRROR - Still Valley
+ ZOMBIE - Digitalis
+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - The Eighth
+ LOUIE AUSTEN - Iguana
+ V.A. - Brazilian Beat Brooklyn

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Lubimy eksperymentować - rozmowa z Digital Factor - Mike Langer'em
+ I am oldschool! - rozmowa z Housemeister'em
+ In my blood - wywiad z Michael'em Mayer'em