Germany - Full Moon 107 - 06/22/05
I Thought I Was Over That
Lali Puna's Faking the Books was one of last years finest records, and this collection of remixes, covers and b-sides is a rare treat. "40 Days" is a Slowdive cover from a compilation, it's lovely and subtle. "It's Not the worst I've looked" was remixed for Two Lone Swordsmen and sounds a bit dry and glitchy, Valerie's distanced vocal chiming in here and there. "Past Machine" describes 'aging out of time' and is achingly sweet. With odd noises and guitars mixed in it becomes more traditional indie-fare than Lali Puna have done before. A cover of Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey's "Together in Electric Dreams" is as far removed from the original as possible. That's what covers are for anyway. To make your own imprint on someone else's song, not slavishly reproduce an original.
If you want to get to know the group, this is a pretty good place to start. It sounds better than most odds and ends compilations do.
Copyright © 2005 Anna Maria Stjärnell