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Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (LYF)

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Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

by Tamsin Chapman

Plato, in his cave allegory, describes a group of people chained in a cave, facing a blank wall. The shadows they see projected on the wall from the fire are all they know of reality.

If Plato was living now, and wrote for Collapse Board, he’d update the analogy. There’d still be a cave and a blank wall. But this time the people are Arcade Fire fans. And all they know of reality is itchy facial hair, mild dental pain and really, really dull music. On the evidence of this album, Wu Lyf are those people.

This is the sort of thing footballers like. I have a mental picture of Wayne Rooney straining away at some hapless glamour model while this plays in the background like the ploddy, half-arsed elevator music it is. Wayne likes it’cos it sounds all big and important and the drums do funny scuttling things and the guitars are chimey and the vocals sound like the Kings Of Leon and all the songs are really long, which is cool right? Best of all it makes him feel clever and superior to his bird, who’d rather listen to Nicola Roberts’ new single. She’s right, he’s wrong. Dump him!

The only possible entertainment that any right-thinking pop fan (i.e. somebody who appreciates good songs, or loves to dance, or enjoys innovative music) can get from this album is the minor fun of wantonly mishearing the unintelligible, sung-in-a-pissy-bark lyrics. What’s that? “I’m peeing bread rolls?”, “I smell, you smell, you’ve got meaty pies in hell?”, “My bell end has warts???” No wonder they sound a bit pained. And I thought it was just creative constipation.

I sometimes hear the description “music for people who don’t like music”. Wu Lyf take it further. This is music for people who don’t like life.

10 Responses to Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (LYF)

  1. Tom Randall June 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Agreed. Ponderous music for assholes.

  2. Darragh June 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Lets get one thing straight – Plato would never write for Collapse Board.

    From the Laws, via wikipedia

    “Our music was once divided into its proper forms…It was not permitted to exchange the melodic styles of these established forms and others. Knowledge and informed judgment penalized disobedience. There were no whistles, unmusical mob-noises, or clapping for applause. The rule was to listen silently and learn; boys, teachers, and the crowd were kept in order by threat of the stick. . . . But later, an unmusical anarchy was led by poets who had natural talent, but were ignorant of the laws of music…Through foolishness they deceived themselves into thinking that there was no right or wrong way in music, that it was to be judged good or bad by the pleasure it gave. By their works and their theories they infected the masses with the presumption to think themselves adequate judges. So our theatres, once silent, grew vocal, and aristocracy of music gave way to a pernicious theatrocracy…the criterion was not music, but a reputation for promiscuous cleverness and a spirit of law-breaking”

  3. Chad Parkhill June 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love it when people read Plato and go “I’m going to cite that everywhere for everything” as though nobody has ever done it before. (And yes, I’ve done it in the past, too, so I can’t judge.)

  4. Red Rover June 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Nicely put, Tamsin. Seeing these guys recently at the Sydney Opera House was an hour of pointless highly-affected emptiness I’m glad I’ll never get back. By the end of the set, for some reason I wanted to throw something sharp at the bass player. The band are seriously awful, but I guess they’re still very young. The timbre of the singer’s voice is kind of interesting, but then again so is Michael Bolton’s.

  5. Darragh June 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I’m guilty as charged, Chad.

  6. Lucy Cage June 25, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Damn, that Nicola Roberts track is storming! The pants are weird, but never mind. Metronomy eat yer heart out.

  7. Princess Stomper June 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I love the verses of Nicola Robert’s song, but not so sure about the choruses. Ah, that video’s so 80s it’s *PAINFUL*!

    Wu Lyf just sound like so much else out there – the sort of band whose songs you forget while they’re still playing.

  8. max July 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I don’t understand, does spouting stuff about plato and saying its crap in different ways amount to an album review these days?

  9. Everett True July 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t understand, does spouting stuff about plato and saying its crap in different ways amount to an album review these days?

    Only if it’s punctuated properly.

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