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Boat: (Do the) Magic centipede (from Setting the paces, 2009, Magic Marker Records)

3 diciembre, 2009 Posted by | Boat, Vídeos | Deja un comentario

Boat: Setting the paces (2009), Magic Marker Records

La verdad es que escuchando temas como Tough talking the tulips a uno todavía le entra una emoción no contenida, recordando buenos tiempos para la música que entendemos como Indie, allá por la década de los noventa. He de decir igualmente que no todos los catorce temas que componen este Setting the paces tienen la misma intensidad y emoción, pero en general el nivel medio del álbum es más que notable, ya que éstos se desarrollan tan sólo durante treinta y ocho minutos que realmente se pasan rápido ya que su escucha es más que amena. Como he leído en la reseña que os acompaño, el disco suena como si en 1995 hubiéramos reunido en una sesión de estudio a Rivers Cuomo junto con Stephen Malkmus y los ingenieros de sonido hubieran sido They Might Be Giants; y yo añadiría que, por qué no, sus ayudantes The Shins. ¿Qué nos encontramos en el disco? Pop acelerado y ansioso en ocasiones, cercano al Power-Pop (Friends since 1989, Lately, Interstate 5, You´re muscular); en otras ocasiones se acercan a temáticas más costumbristas (100 Calorie man; We want it, we want it, Prince of Tacoma, (Do the) Magic centipede -que nos recuerdan una barbaridad la época del Village Green Preservation Society de los Kinks-); Pop-Folk acústico (Jeff Fell dream, Reverie); o aúténtica joyas del Indie más enérgico (Tough talking the tulips, God save the man who isn´t all that super). Disco sin duda el del combo de Seattle que no debería pasar desapercibido en el aluvión de trabajos editados en lo que va de año ahora que los más aficionados a las listas estáis preparando las del 2009. Setting the paces debería estar entre los mejores álbumes de Power-Pop tan sólo por las arrebatadoras notas de Lately, Tough talikin´the tulips, Prince of Tacoma o God save the man.
“Artistic albums that provide a deep insight into the meaning of life and the human condition are great. Sometimes though you just want an album that’s plain old fun to listen to. For those occasions, Washington’s Boat have the answer. Their new record, Setting the Paces, which comes out tomorrow, is a rollicking blast of fourteen tracks of charming catchy songs about pretty much nothing of importance.
The songs are based on a highly infectious guitar pop framework, draped heavily in melody. On “We Want It, We Want It” that comes in the form of an angular jerkiness. On “(Do the) Magic Centipede” it arrives in groovy surf pop form. “Prince of Tacoma” hits as hot power pop.
It all comes The hook-laden “Lately” may very well be the catchiest track of the year so far. The song sounds as though it could be the result of a secret 1995 recording session by Rivers Cuomo and Stephen Malkmus with They Might Be Giants behind the console.
Most important is the atmosphere the band bring to the music. Through their razor-sharp sense of humour and loose execution, on really gets the feeling that the band is enjoying making their music. That feeling can’t help but bring a smile to your face as you listen. High art Setting the Paces is not. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a damn good record though”
“Setting the Paces sees Seattle-based BOAT continuing to mask their clever melodies and interesting instrumental interplay with off-the-wall subject matter. In a goofy deadpan bellow, former schoolteacher David Crane rattles off lyrics that might’ve been lifted from a middle-schooler’s Mad Libs: “If you want to be a giant _______ , just clap your hands” (centipede); “You can de-claw your pets, but _______ ” (your black sofa will still be a mess).
Yet amid the nonsensical tirades is a very human mix of self-deprecation and ego-fueled sneer. They’re like Sour Patch Kids. In “God Save the Man Who Isn’t All That Super,” Crane reveals to a girl that all the great things he told her about himself are lies. In a section that could be described as post-twee, there are shakers, a drum-and-vocal volley, and the line, “I never lived in New York City/My grades in school are suffering weekly/I’m not as super as I used to seem.” Then a rush of power-metal very much informed by Weezer, complete with four-part harmonizing “ohhh’s!” and flippant talk about how he’s going to come home with a paycheck.
Here and there are brief lapses in the onslaught of hooks (“You’re Muscular”) and moments burdened by the band trying to do too much (“Lately”), but that’s an admirable complaint for a genre that’s been coasting by on a 10-track/verse-chorus album formula for too many years now. With another meaty 14-song chunk of jokes, bells and whistles, and off-kilter song structures under their belt, it’s clear that there’s something much more sophisticated at work than BOAT would ever let on”
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2 diciembre, 2009 Posted by | Boat | Deja un comentario


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