Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Year. Interlude 3: Free Download

((To take you through this, Brian Kelly a.k.a. So Cow. The man needs no introduction, but if you need one, try here. See what I did there?))


Dublin Duck Dispensary - Luanqibazao

Rack and Ruin

Luanqibazao was the best Irish album released this year. I think. Not many will agree. But then they will have had both the advantage of actually listening to a lot of Irish music (I don't really bother keeping up anymore, save GPO and Adebisi) and they will most likely have had the disadvantage of not even knowing this collection exists.


It's been tagged as no-fi. Incorrect. This is fi. It's pop-fi and it's smile-fi. It's gallop-fi and it's fist-fi. It's a selection of timeless pop moments run through a single adventurous, curious mind, that of Bobby Aherne. This isn't about your Times New Vikings and your Lovvers', this is about your Abbas (Mamma Mia!, not Mahmoud) and your early Beatles singles. Peg it with Slanted and Enchanted if you must indie-schmindie it up, but it's far lovelier.


I can't claim to have any idea what Aherne is singing about. I'm content not knowing either. It's his world, after all. The arrangements on these songs are ridiculously more interesting than most others I've heard this year. There's thought going into this, people. Original thought in that most played out of musical arenas.


There are standouts. Happy Holidays fizzes and spazzes. Break A Leg falls over itself in restrained giddiness before becoming something really quite beautiful. Roald Dahl is perfectly-judged childish pop dramatics. Brain Damage shames and embarrasses most contemporary bands in its 25 seconds.


Then again, I think Deerhunter and Beach House suck shit, so what do I know.


((I play in Bobby's live band, so I felt awkward posting about the album, but I couldn't let a list of 25 go without mentioning it, purely for the way it got into my head and fucked shit around this year. You can still get it for free on Rack and Ruin, along with acupofteaandasliceofcake and They Do The Police In Different Voices))

12 comments:

Gardenhead said...

what a beautiful and eloquent review of an album that is sucks donkey cock. Just kidding, Bobby's music is as good as Brian sez it iz. Can't wait to read the rest of yer list Karl. It's the only one that really interests me. I'm putting my album list up tomorrow cos that's what I am planning to do when everyone else will be out singing aul lange syne with painted on smiles and feeling their guts empty into a hollow vessel of nameless dread.

Karl said...

New Year's Eve is one of the crappest and fakest celebrations, but I do like the idea of a new year. I mean, it's such a constructed thing to choose one particular day to be the end of a year... but if it wasn't there, I wouldn't have a day to start doing things and stop doing other things.

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