Norway - Full Moon 205 - 05/25/13
It's a label showdown!
Metronomicon Audio vs. Jester Records - Round 48
Cyrano & Armageddon: Club Soda 2012
(2012 Metronomicon Audio: MEAU.0048.SODA)
(2011 Jester Records TRICK-048)
Welcome to round 48 in the label showdown series between Metronomicon Audio and Jester Records!
Since we've more or less totally missed out on reviewing the output of these two great labels, we are going
through their entire catalogues, matching the releases from each label consecutively against each other.
Humorously counting goals
and giving out yellow
and red cards, soccer style -
but first of all reviewing the music. For more introductory information on this label match, see
Club Soda 2012 is is presented in a soda bottle.
The When comes as a digipack CD.
After their Surfing USB-key release, Metronimocon raised the bar for this release,
selling it as a bottle of soda including a download card! The bottle comes with no content declaration, but is
probably safe to drink, although for my part I instantly got the urge to buy all Metronomicon releases and start writing about
each and every one of them. The download consists of 10 MP3-files in 320 kbps quality along with a photo of the bottle and a nice poster image of soda-delivery-boys Cyrano & Armageddon.
Listening to "Nordick" this is the first time I've noticed the use of voice pitch correction effects on a Metronomicon release, and it doesn't
seem out of place on this dancable and merry synth-pop tune. "Bebe" goes further into 80's disco territory, while "Feeling Alone"
moves on to 90's Eurodisco. "Feeling Alone" ups the tempo, but slows down for the chorus. "Don't Want To Find Out" rips away
with a noisy and almost industrial intro and has a fine balance between naked eerie parts, catchy disco and light
experimental mayhem, a clear highlight. "Cherish'em All" features some fine saxophone playing by Dag Stiberg, while "Just Do It"
ups the pace once again, making it feel smurfy, but still kind of anthem-like. "UiO", which I guess stands for
The University of Oslo, is funnily enough the darkest track here, an instrumental "tribute" perhaps, with thunder and explosions
and the falsetto voice of Truls Heggero. Ending the album is "C.O.U. Megamix", where Sissyfus also joins
the party, DJ-mixing through the almost 14 minutes long track. Over a steady disco beat, this flows into space or trance,
large parts here reminds me of Ozric Tentacles or their electronic offspring Eat Static, all very competently
executed. A high point in Metronomicon history.
To sum it up: Metronomicon go disco-partying with lots of synths, extremely fine packaging, a very cool poster, and
a high-flying psytrancing Sissyfus boosts this release up to one of their finest outings, which now is also available
as a digital album.
Misshimmisshimmisshim... sees Lars Pedersen once again collaborating with Haakon Ellingsen, almost making this another
Last James album. I'm not that familiar with their output, but musically I guess it is safe to say that Misshimmisshimmisshim...
is closer to Last James than most other recent When releases. This means 60's rainbow-coloured pop tunes with swirling, phasing, echoing, reverbing and
flanging effects, although the partly sample-based way of building the songs also adds a more modern feel to at least some of the songs, especially
when utilizing loops. Also rhythmically the 60's feel is sometimes left behind, so you may say that the album is based on craftily recreating
the psychedelic pop of the late 60's combined with latter days studio trickery and slightly updated rhythmic patterns ("Vertigo", "Beaches").
The title track, subtitled "Fuck You:Bela Lugosi Is Not Dead", is another cup of tea, a slightly sinister and
more experimental detour. At the heart are an enjoyable collection of good songs though, some immediately catchy ("Hyde", "The Scream"), others growing on you and inviting
repeated listenings. By the way, the title of the album is probably a reference to
a well known "Paul is dead" clue: When "I'm So Tired/Blackbird" (White Album) is played backwards, you are supposed to imagine hearing John say, "Paul is a dead man. Miss him miss him miss him".
To sum it up: Together, Lars Pedersen and Haakon Ellingsen has produced the most enjoyable pop-psych When release in quite a few years.
Match result: Metronomicon Audio 5 () - Jester Records 5 ()
Next head-to-head meeting is the Koppen release Objectified from Metronomicon Audio which is up against
the Ulver release Childhood's End from Jester Records.
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