La Isla Bonita【日本先行発売/ボーナストラック付き】
There's more Beefheart back in the mix again in the rhythms and guitar, especially in Last Fad. Those chords that begin the song and pop up again and again throughout are signature Beefheart whistled guitar lines! Nice to hear them recognising the main man in their line of music like this.
The melodies are irresistibly sweet though, and Beefheart doesn't force you to your feet to dance like this (though danceability can be sacrificed as irrelevant if a masterpiece like Trout Mask Replica were in the offing). I haven't been able to pick out favourites yet. After the first uneventful couple of plays, each track has subsequently leapt to five out of five stars.
Matsuzaki's voice is used more like an instrument on this album, and not the drum or other instrument that is played throughout. She is as super-sweet as the video itself for Paradise Girls, about female bass guitarists like herself.
A hugely fun, detailed gem of gem of an album that reminds me of the two Pere Ubu albums The Tenement Year and Cloudland for the level of sheer enjoyment coming through an album by an avant-garde rock band.
"The Runners' Four" and, more recently, "Deerhoof Vs. Evil". I've seen them live and they blew me away.
I did NOT care for "Breakup Record"... personal taste.
This record is well-done, well-played, has many of the familiar Deerhoof elements: quirky off-center beats, odd chord changes, Satomi's chirpy voice singing wacky lyrics. But it just feels kinda "been-there-done-that". Maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm satisfied with my Deerhoof catalogue, and
I didn't need this.
If you are a Deerhoof fan I imagine you will like this. I still admire their uniqueness, their musical alchemy, their bravery. But this record just didn't get me.