Published in Epigram Music’s feature on ‘albums of the decade’
SOUND OF SILVER
With an album-opener like ‘Get Innocuous!’ it’s hard to imagine Sound of Silver getting any better, but LCD Soundsystem visionary James Murphy “sets controls for the heart of the sun” and comes out with a seminal sound in electronic music. Sound of Silver adds layer upon layer to an up-tempo beat until you think it can go no further, ‘Us V Them’ and ‘Get Innocuous!’ being prime examples of this ever-growing euphoria. Sound of Silver is a definitive party-starter but would not be out of place for more intimate moments, especially in delicate tracks ‘Someone Great’ and ‘All my Friends’, two songs about longing that become all the more raw in such surroundings. Both tracks remain so touching in the unique juxtaposition of electronica and emotion that defines this album of the decade.
For epigram’s albums of the decade visit http://epigrammusic.blogspot.com/2009/11/promised-works-special-epigrams.html
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An album review I did for Epigram Music
My Robot Friend is Howard Robot’s New York-based electronic music and art project inspired by the music of Le Tigre – yet Soft Core sounds more like Hot Chip, especially in the robotic delivery of its randomly pencilled lyrics and hand-clapped beats. Where the album flourishes is in collaborations; ‘The Short Game’ with Zombie Nation is a pulsating dance anthem with dark undertones, whilst ‘Waiting’ with Alison Moyet harks back to the golden age of 80s electronica, reminiscent of The Human League and more recent output from The Juan Maclean. Bonus track ‘23 Minutes in Brussels’ is an experimental instrumental that leaves you wondering why the rest of the album wasn’t quite so interesting. It seems My Robot Friend create sparks in live music shows where Howard features as a robot in his performance art spectacle – unfortunately Soft Core fails to galvanize the electronic music scene in quite the same way.
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Tagged 23 Minutes in Brussels, 80s electronica, album review, Alison Moyet, Hot Chip, Howard Robot, Le Tigre, Music, My Robot Friend, New York, Soft Core, The Human League, The Juan Maclean, The Short Game, Waiting, Zombie Nation
I wrote for Epigram Music about the Hoff’s pivotal role in reuniting East and West Germany
In recent news it’s been back to rehab for the Hoff. Our hearts go out to him. After all, we owe a lot to a man who has given us so much over the years – those tight red Speedos, Burger-Eating 101 and the fall of the Berlin Wall.