Thursday, 12 March 2009

Psapp and the Toytronic revolution


"When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things." I Cor. xiii. 11.....Psapp clearly think otherwise and thank the Lord, because last night's launch for forthcoming album The Camel's Back was a true sonic delight and lesson in invention.

Aside from your common garden violin, guitar, bass, keys, their arsenal included floatation toys, lumps of wood, ashtrays, bottles, toy cash register, furry animals that squawked, dog bones and some kind of whistle-rocket-rubber lobster thing - as the photo testifies..oh and Brunhilde the famous mechanical chicken..

Galia Durant's sultry voice and sharp-wit ride a intricate idiosyncratic rhythm section to make unexpectedly phat little shoulder-shimmy numbers out of the most random mundane objects. With influences ranging from Duke Ellington to the Cure to the Aristocats..It kind of makes you see the world a little differently when a rubber chicken is the perfect closing note. In these credit crunch times the car boot sale and kitchen cupboard may hold a treasure trove of musical potential...Either way, it was great to be reminded that we should never lose our sense of play...Opening track Hi off their last album The Only Thing I Ever Wanted always puts a spring in my step..even when Spring ain't quite sprung..


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