Will Be Asked… And Destroyed By Answers (2005, Formula
If Mike Doughty
of Soul Coughing ever needs a voice-double, look no further than
this release. Dan's half-knuckle-draggin' speak-sing style on "Wallflower"
is dead-on Doughty, but instead of carb-free jazz the New Jersey
duo concocts a rather captive, meticulous brand of electro-pop/rock.
Simple but effective guitar riffs gallop along the tracks, while
80s bubblegum synth lines gleefully scurry in and out. All the while
the dancehall beat thumps on - if the subject matter weren't so
moody it'd be downright aerobic.
Thought He Was Lonely Until They Found Him Dangling From A Ceiling
Fan" has an itch of the glitch, but nonetheless stays steady
throughout. I was hoping for a little more of the story that the
title alludes to, but instead it's just a neat instro - the bloops
anmd beeps don't divulge.
Overall, a unique
little EP that hangs on the fringes of a variety of goth/pop sub-genres;
I can't deny it's not for everyone while at the same time I'll concede
the sound is growing on me. My only caveat is that Dan doesn't always
stick to his awesome baritone, not only is it distinct, but his
venture in the higher range leave a tad to be desired. Looking forward
to more from Mitsuko.
awesome album title!)