5... 4... 3... 1... OFF-BLAST!!!
Okay, so todays first track qualifies as what the boys over at the Filters would call "Pepsi Blue.
Zlad! - Elektronik Supersonik This song, which claims to be a rejected Eurovision entry from the fictional country of Molvania, has been making the rounds on the internet, via this baffling Flash video (7 Meg Shockwave Link). Yes, it's bizarre. Yes, the English is blatantly and deliberately terrible (Inside tank of Fuel is not Fuel, but Love). Yes, it's cheesy ass synthpop. Yes, it's a thinly veiled advertisement for a fictional travel guide. (Hence Pepsi Blue). In spite of all of this, I still can't stop listening to the goddamned song. Any shrinks (or shrinks in training, or amateurs, I'm not picky), out there reading this wanna try to figure out/fix what is obviously wrong with me?
The Reputation - Follow Through Time - The Reputation are one of the few bands out there that wouldn't need their labels help to sue me. Lead singer, Elizabeth Elmore (formerly of late 90's Illinois legends Sarge) is either currently enrolled, or has just finished (Information is inconclusive. There's a leave of absence in there which makes it tough to calculate) - law school at Northwestern University. All of this is irrelevant as soon as you begin to listen though. The Reputation, like the Arcade Fire, and so many other great bands, make music that grabs holds of you, and refuses to release. This song is all climax, bouncy pop pianos intercut with Elmores ultimatum, a beautiful piece of melodic, bitter, and most of all demanding pop rock. The song compels the listener to attention, and Elmore, with her sweet voice and wonderful lyrics moves in for the kill, a devestating one two punch.
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