THINGS THAT ARE RISIBLE




 



MOUNT FLORIDA:mmmmm











Pizzicato 5 - The Fifth Release From Matador
(Matador, doh)


Ooh exciting! A new Pizzicato 5 release! Time to be transported into a thrilling kitchtastic world! Where the girls have swingy black bobs and tentpole-skinny legs! And the boys wear thick glasses and sideyburns! And everyone's chic and happy! Huzzah!

The trouble is, P5 did this so perfectly on 1994's Made In USA that frankly, they need never make another album. The mid-Nineties, when we all wanted to be slinky cocktail-swigging lounge lizards, was perfect for P5: everyone was looking back, swirling the dregs of the twentieth century round in their thrifted highball glasses. Now it's the future and Pizzacato Five are perfectly trapped in their perfectly chi-chi ironic end-of-the-century Japanese-Euro-American pap pop world. But I'm not. And I don't want to be. Lemme out! Take it off!

Mount Florida - Arrived Phoenix (Matador)

"Mount Florida are dance music auteurs possessing savage wit and an experimentalist pop sensibility". In other words, Mount Florida is thinks-it's-clever electronica with dull-as-fuck regular beats and samples saying 'loossssst innnnn sppppaaaa- yyyyyyccccce' over the top. Sigh. Gimme a Y. Gimme an A. Gimme a W. And gimme a...oh, you figure it out.

Leila: Courtesy of Choice (XL Recordings)

Leila, talent notwithstanding (she played keyboards and did live mixing on Bjork's 'Debut' tour), has created a boring slice of mid-nineties Bristol trip-hop. Why? This sounds like West London people trying to do arty electronica, but cleaning it up and making it palatable to people with long straight blonde hair and trust funds.

Mojave 3: Return to Sender (4AD)

Mojave (pronounced Mo-harr-vay, phonetics fans) 3 used to be Slowdive, whispery shoegazers extraordinaire. Now they are a country band, despite living in Cornwall and going surfing every day. Yes, their music evokes the grassy plains of Southern Tenessee, or something. I don't know because I've never been there, and neither have they. You get slide guitar, pleasant male vocals and harmonies, mouthorgan, gentle drums. Boring. Give it to your dad for Christmas.



Miss AMP, 25 October 2000

 
 

 

 

MUSIC - FOOD OF LOVE.
NOT AS GOOD AS REAL FOOD, THOUGH.



Things that are excellent
Peaches
Swiffer

Things that are really quite good
Anjali
Magnetophone
Brassy


Things that are risible
Pizzicato 5
Mount Florida
Leila

Mojave 3


Things that should be destroyed
Facing 30




Saf Sees Iggy


The Runaways By Joe Pop


Le Tigre: They're Grrrrrrrrreat!

Hip-Hop, by Avra

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