Thursday, September 01, 2005

Kompleksi Review @ Blastitude

A review from

KOMPLEKSI: "(I Ain't No) Lovechild" b/w "Moscow 1980" 7-inch (LAL LAL LAL)

Right now all of the American trustafarians who read Arthur 'religiously' with a little Wire on the side and who mail-ordered this 7-inch are scratching their new beard going, "Hey, this ain't psychedelic free folk!" That's because it's creepy euro synth disco! The grooves are corny and the singing is awkward, but it is charming -- especially those wildcat yelps on the "Lovechild" turnarounds -- and Irwin Chusid will probably play it on his show. "Moscow 1980" is a more wistful synth pop number -- I detect a Limahl influence -- that starts with a sample of Jimmy Carter laying down the law about a certain Olympic boycott. And it proceeds to go on for over 6 minutes of heartfelt monotonous Limahlian glory! At the very least, it's quite a change of pace for Lal Lal Lal... no mention of it over at Volcanic Tongue yet... -L.D., Blastitude

Eh, Kompleksi are not actually influenced by Limahl (the headman of early 80s "new romantic" pop band Kajagoogoo and of subsequent solo career), but that's an interesting thought... Maybe we should cover 'Too Shy'? (Or then, maybe not.)

Kompleksi are also on Blastitude's playlist:

August 23, 2005
Kool & the Gang "Electric Frog Part 1" (De-Lite)
Allman Brothers Band "Revival" (Atco)
Gays in the Military "Hips Or Lips?" (Gulcher)
Silver Daggers "Not Sleeping At The Library" (Not Not Fun)
Fricara Pacchu "Bella is a Beast" (Lal Lal Lal)
Velvet Underground & Nico "European Son" (Verve)
Endless Boogie "Siberia Live" (Dolor Del Estamago)
Pissed Jeans "Hitler Was A Nazi" (Warm Freedom of Tongue)
Major Stars "Black Road" (Twisted Village)
Richard Youngs/Alex Neilson "A Boat Among Whales" (HP Cycle)
Enos Slaughter "The Best Not Solo Solo" (Tequila Sunrise)
Angel Corpus Christi "Dream Baby Dream" (Gulcher)
Angel Corpus Christi "Theme From Taxi Driver/New York New York" (Gulcher)
Sun City Girls "Prisoner of Mold" (Abduction)
The New Flesh "Friend of Mine" (Maelstrom)
Emperor "Towards the Pantheon" (Candlelight)
Psi "Bhoiler" (Evolving Ear)
Alu "Sie kriegt alles was sie will" (C.I.P.)
Strangulated Beatoffs "Beat It" (Apop)
Kompleksi "Moscow 1980" (Lal Lal Lal)
Hall of Fame "Superstring Theory" (Lal Lal Lal)
Leonard Cohen "Paper Thin Hotel" (Columbia)
Gary Higgins "I Pick Notes From The Sky" (Drag City)
Warmer Milks "Penetration Initials" (Mountaain)