21 October 2010

Love Of Everything - superior mold and die (2006, Record Label)

This is ninth release, so I experience a sense of vertigo because I do enjoyed each one.

No dramatic change here, eleven songs for thirty minutes, a better production and better microphones maybe, or, at least, growing technical skills. But all these things have not much importance, this progress simply shows that Bobby Burg is alive and well, looking at the future with the same motivation than before.

“Superior Mold and Die” is not better or weaker than his previous releases, he simply looks more confident and more assured, if I had a hard time to get into some of the songs on his previous discography, this record is without this kind of mistake.

Most of the songs have weird parts, out of tune distortion, are defiant to the usual pop structure, have emotional bursts, but are in fact, terribly seductive and beautiful. It sounds a lot like those early Joan of Arc records (“How memory works” or “A Portable Model of”) but without this intellectual nonsense Tim Kinsella maintained and developed later. But once again, starting with this heritage – he joined Joan of Arc only later -, Bobby Burg has developed his own language, plays with his own forms, has injected subtlety and finesse in the old rough bedroom lo-fi style of the nineties.

He never stops being innovative. My favorite songs here is “Too much happy wet here”, the song progress and evolves very gradually, as absurd as it is, in the end, totally moving and entertaining. The finality is never to look weird or clever, the simplest songs, like the title track or “Nothing left to use”, are often the more melancholic ones. Bobby Burg knows what he feels and knows what he wants to transmit, he's not writing songs, he is writing himself. He is working quite hard on it, and the strange timing of his compositions adds an inexpressible freshness to his production, keeps it mysterious.
His records are challenging, never comfortable, you never know where you go, but you know you want to go into this direction.

Brilliant as ever. Not for everyone, but if you find your way into his songwriting it's not something you'll forget, because it is unique and somewhat will change your approach to indie music.

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