by Sunil Imprint
ies are back. Just check out any retro-night at a club and you’ll know that this isn’t just some fanciful muse of a mad Imprint writer. So it seems fitting that one of the biggest new-wave artists of the past are back on the scene. Remember “Don’t You Want Me?” Well, the Human League have returned with an album whose likes hasn’t been seen since the heady days of our youth. Just like the days of the old vinyl, there are only nine songs;
Pounding drum machine, slick keyboards and those oh-so-sweet pastel suits. Yes, the other night on the telly I caught a rerun of Miami Vice. Believe it or not, but the eight-
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by James Russell Imprint staH “There are no absolutes to human misery. Things can get worse.” So starts Art Bergmann’s latest offering, WhatFreshHeZZ Is This? Never exactly a happy camper, Art certainly isn’t getting better, at least not at this point in his career. Despite the new album and impending tour, Art is more than i little-bitter about his recent divorce. The divorce theme runs throughout the album, but is centred in Contract, the fastest, screechiest song on the album, and probably the best candidate for a single. Lyrics such as “I dig my own my grave for you, be a total slave for you,” start to hint at what Art is going through, but in case you weren’t clear on what he’s
by Chris Imprint
Swallow Records, the newest of the indie labels to pop up in Southern Ontario, has put out a four song taster. The Kitchener-Waterloo label showcases four Golden Triangle artists with their first 7” vinyl release. With the recent resurgence in vinyl as a recording medium, Swallow Records is doing their part in the “keep vinyl alive” crusade. The 7” has been released on limited edition yellow vinyl and only 500 arc being printed. A must-have for collectors. Jlw fledgling hbel showcases four of their promismg new acts with a compilation that includes a wide spectrum of music encompassing folk, rock, psychedelic and “alternative” music. Not a small accomplishment for a four song 7”. Tracks by Shannon Lyon, The
Roulette, and the ill-fated self-titled album, Art has experimented with many styles, doing grunge before it was called grunge, some sort-of countryish stuff, and a few tries at pop such as the last single “Faith-
none of this 17-track digital crap.. . Stepping out of a time machine and landing in the middle of 1982 is the best way to describe this vintage feast for the senses. Fat, arpeggiated, monophonic synths swirl and envelop the listener. Without doubt, the album’s best track is the extremely danceable “These are the Days,” sure to be a hit in all the Hi-Energy clubs. Lyrically it’s somewhat paradoxical because it preaches giving up the past and living in the present. This flies in the face of the entire record and its ancient sound. “Houseful of Nothing” is a bit of a departure with its angry (yet always poppy) theme of regret, and whines of chances nottaken. Themajorproblem (aside from most songs having completely trivial lyrics) is the poor vocal performance by Phillip Oakley. In some places he makes even old OMD sound good, (Trust me, this is NOT desirable). Don’t buy this album expecting to hear anything that you couldn’t have heard in some form fifteen years ago. However, if you just can’t get the synth-pop bug out of your system, then this fix should keep you going for some time.
lessly Yours.” This album reflects all of these quite well, but I have to admit many of the songs fall short of his earlier works. Nonetheless, there are several outstanding tracks. “Buried Alive” is really nice. “Contract” is an excellent song, as good as any of the great songs he’s done before. “Dive” is a great song, with a haunting melody that will stick in your head all day. However, the best song on the album is undoubtedly “S top the time.” Dreamy, with cymbals clashing discreetly in the background and a muted bass drumkeeping the quarter notes, Art’s gravelly voice sings a sweet lullaby. He croons out the chorus, “I wish for just five minutes you’d be on my side,” over and over. I put this track on repeat on my CD player and fall asleep to it all the time. All in all, a good album. Though some songs are below par, others like “Contract” and “Stop the Time”make it worth the money.
The Mighty Fishermen, compilation with the weird and Longfcllows and Strange Days wonderful “Cats Feet.” Going for a make this an eclectic but worthheavier and less derivative sound, while musical gathering. Strange Days are no longer the Label boss Shannon Lyon Tragically Hip wannabe’s of old. opens the compilation with a live The five members have rid thembasement recording of the country selves of the traditional rock and folk number “Monumental Disasroll sound for something a little ter.” Plunking away on acoustic different. Odd guitar tunings and guitar, the low4 sound has a sort of some wacky playing make “Cats grassroots appeal. It’s a simple Feet” sounds like an undiscovered affair made complete by Lyon’s theme song to some 50’s cop show. quavering and sometimes twangy It’s different, and in the long run vocals. that may be the just the key to Fellow K-W musicians The success for these K-town stalwarts. Longfellows fight their way through Cambridge natives The Mighty “Let Me In” in straight ahead bar Fisherman put forth a psychedelic rock band fashion. Easily one of wash of guitars and dreamy vocals The Longfellows’ most catchy and in their Swallow Records debut. memorable songs, it is unfortunate “Plastoscene” is a swirling guitar that this seems to be their swan oriented song that manages to hold song. Rumours have been cona great deal in common with much firmed that the band+has broken up ~ ~ and will be playing one final show before splintering into new projects. indication of what this five piece “Let Me In” is a lively rocker that has to offer, The Mighty Fishermen come highly recommended. really grabs you, but it seems to have come a little too late. Overall, an eclectic and enterStrange Days offer up the most taining batch of music, and a fine introduction to Swallow Records. experimental sounding song on this
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