One-minute reviews – 14: Love Is All, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Zola Jesus
The return of the series that no one wants to read, written by the critic that no one realises exists anymore. The idea being that it takes 60 seconds or under to listen to and critique the music under discussion. Oh, what joy!
Love Is All – Two Thousand And Ten Injuries
Let’s shout! Let’s storm a few barricades! Let’s rush and swirl and rush and twirl! Let’s use tons of exclamation marks! Let’s nod to modern electronic techniques cos that’s where we listen, and let’s show them darn upstarts from Those Dancing Days how electro-twee-pop is really done! Let’s thrill, and stop.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Rush To Relax
Remember how to punk rock? Eddy Current SR do. Keep it bare. Keep it sparse. Keep it expansive. Don’t blink, don’t blink. Remember the lessons of 1980! Remember the lessons of 1981! The best Australian rock album since Kitchen’s Floor. As dry as sun-bleached tinder. There’s so much left out it makes me giddy.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo
Wooden rock that likes to pretend it’s all chromatic and shiny and in full-on garage overdrive overload but really deserves a whole new genre of its own to match its menopausal mother, metal. Call it wood.
Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP
Drenched in goop and Goth and mid-80s yearnings, vocals all X-Mal Deutschland or Malaria! or (hem) Siouxsie, with plenty of giant swooshes of guitar and synths and distant synthetic drums mourning. I like this, the way any innocuous cutie boy of the 80s secretly fancied a Goth girl.