The conceit behind the LP’s birth is a marvellous one, and in many ways, a product of the psychedelic era.
…who thought it was a good idea to take a bit of Funkadelic’s spirit and beat, the Cosmic Jokers’ synth sound and an interest in the after-life and make it into what genuinely sounds like, and to all intents and purposes is, a zombie musical.
A beautiful LP this one, but if you’re a big fan of AR Kane’s 69 you’ll have heard this kind of floating, dubby abstraction a good twenty years ago.
Tracks can become a woozy, slightly drugged plod at times, reminding one, (if we’re going to be fashionable) of Amon Düül 2’s Yeti played at 16rpm, or the Fugs after about 16 pints of mild.
They are impeccably groomed in the follicle department, so much so that they could easily sneak through a few rounds on X Factor without anyone noticing.
Enjoyable stuff, if you’re feeling a bit Gothic.
Despite seeming a bunch of bashful, silent types, Joensuu have a mighty powerful vibe, one which is a tad shamanic (yes I’m going to play the Finno-Ugric shaman card sorry)
For anyone who’s still not quite sure, though, this is your way in: amongst the chips and wires and beats and bleeps is one of the most human records you’ll hear this year.
Laments are this band’s priority. There is a lot of Nick Cave at times (Misery and the title track owe a lot to Murder Ballads), but if handled well, that is always a good thing.
A tremendous LP, hypnotic, subtle, brooding. I suppose you could categorise the band’s music as some form of metal, but I’m not sure that this would be wholly appropriate.