Layered electronic masterpiece
An electronic album made ten years ago that still sounds
fresh today is something of an exception. This is one.
It's not so much of an album as a world in its in own
where hectic beats, deep dubby bass lines and spoken words
from 50's America come together. Then add some very English
vocals delivering left of centre political messages, otherworldly
noises and lap steel guitar and you might begin to understand
what this album is all about.
Meat Beat Manifesto have often been described as the forefathers
of Chemical or Big Beat (genres now almost defunct) but
I think they don't fit in too well within those categories.
This time around they seemed to be more interested in
making you think than in making you dance. Another reason
is the fact that their music is just too eclectic: cocktail
music declaring I am a zombie, harsh electro-ish
beats as background to a robot saying I am Electro
- I can do many things - My brain is bigger than yours,
and for the first time, some catchy melodies.
Satyricon's main pull is the way all those samples and
other elements flow together. Although the mood is sometimes
spooky, theres definitely a playful element here.
In the silence before the next beat drops a voice suddenly
declares: One day I woke up in Miami. A carefully
put together collage with endless detail which still doesn't
bore me after ten years.
More recently Australian band The Avalanches impressed
many with their claim of having used 600 plus samples
for their album Since I left you. I wouldnt
be suprised to find out that that same amount or even
more was used for this record. Dazzling.
Try to track it down, and find out as in MBMs sampled
words: A revolution has started. Play..
trying to pick a favorite track:
Drop. Great suspenseful intro, magnificent
bass and still unique vocals. Relinquish any sense
of doubt - its time to move this mess about - too loud
to amplify hi fi - why buy into the system -interruptus
of the system - its deceived us of the freedom - to defy