Indiepop’s acclaimed NY cult artists return with the first of three evening-hued EPs of imperious new wave and plastic soul—glassine surfaces as two way mirrors on loneliness, trauma and growing old in the ruins of dreams. With their first extended play release in nearly 20 years, My Favorite scavenge the digital debris of the 20th Century to fashion a pre-apocalyptic soundtrack for a millennium’s malaise, a “hard rain in a soft cell.” As sequencers and saxophones swirl, songwriter Michael Grace Jr uses the tragic totems of James Dean, Princess Diana and Major Tom to explore love and loss— remaking/remodeling the dim neon corridors of the memory into bright passages forward.
Barely out of their teens in 1994 when their debut single was spun by John Peel, the group went on to release two lauded genre-bending records in 1999 and 2003. Equally adored and obscured, My Favorite have been championed by members of Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields, The Drums, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and dream-pop upstarts Choir Boy. Even Morrissey included them in his pre-concert music. Fans have stenciled lyrics beneath overpasses and on the sides of 7-Elevens. Their return is that of the prodigal cosmonauts. The beautiful losers.
Featuring The Roots’ guitarist “Captain'' Kirk Douglas on the sprawling Bowie-eque disco of “Dean’s 7th Dream,” the group breaks all the rules for a single— crafting an 8 minute pop opera from funk to funky, before dissolving it in ghostly ambience. “Blues For Planet X '' explores the dark reverberations of inner worlds, of space odysseys which fail to launch. The ballad “Princess Diana Awaiting Ambulance'' is the anti- “Candle In The Wind.” Its gated gauze about neither Ms. Spencer nor her death, but rather all the illusions that ultimately consume our hearts. The EP ends with “Second Empire (Second Arrangement)” which melds ‘Madchester’ dance with what Grace calls his Xeroxy Muzak— a lush, Orphean glance back at paradises lost. Pleasures unreproducible.
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Remember how Bill Murray woke up to I Got You Babe every day in Groundhog Day? If that song would have been Made Of Moods, he at the very least experienced three and a half perfect minutes each day. It’s one of those songs that I enjoy each and every second of, with it’s jangly guitars and hushed vocals that almost have a Beach Boys vibe, especially in the verse. Truly, it’s a song for the ages. But the best news about Still Life is that it offers eleven additional underground pop gems. Niek || Add To Wantlist
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This is an unbiased review. That being said...I fell in love with Beth Arzy's voice the first time I listened to Aberdeen. I could listen to Beth sing the instruction manual for a dishwasher. But I'm grateful she's surrounded by talented and totally capable band mates instead. I'd rate Misplaced Words 4.6 out of 5. And had a devil of a time picking a favorite track. Tomorrow I might pick a different one as they're all very good. My biggest complaint is the album is over way too quick. CEF121