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love is all: a hundred things keep me up at night (2008)
November 11, 2008, 2:25 pm
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Love Is All
A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night •••
What’s Your Rupture?

The moment Love Is All’s A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night twitches into life there’s no room for doubting what you’re in for in the next half hour. ‘New Beginnings’ welcomes the listener with a nervous mix of saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, creating a danceable upbeat shout-a-long that wouldn’t be out of place at your local indie club night. What makes Love Is All distinguishable is their vocalist Josephine Olausson. “I need a new beginning / I need a different end,”  she snarls and yells in a voice that’s somewhere between a 1970s punk icon and a cutesy cartoon character, topped with her Swedish accent. Musically you won’t find anything new, neither beginning nor end, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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psapp: the camel’s back (2008)
November 6, 2008, 5:30 pm
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Psapp
The Camel’s Back ••½
Domino

With Psapp’s last album The Only Thing I Ever Wanted came a horde of expectant ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans (lured in by their theme tune ‘Cosy In The Rocket’) and the sudden responsibility to tour the US to cater to fans’ demand for wacky feline fun and their trademark toytronica, a genre practically invented for Psapp’s experimental electronica made with the help of various childhood trappings (something that still is fairly unconventional despite bands like CocoRosie helping to popularise it). Unfortunately, that also brought confusion, exhaustion and, it seems, heartbreak, all of which infuses their third album The Camel’s Back for better or worse. A wide variety of unusual sounds is still successfully employed – a great example being water used as a “rhythm machine” – yet a distinction to their former sound can be clearly heard. There’s less weirdness, less noise, and although considerable electronica elements pervade, it feels more like cutesy indie pop than ever.

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