Norway - Full Moon 39 - 12/22/99
International Pop Modulations
Audio Information Phenomena
Another exciting Norwegian debut album at the ebb of 1999, an indeed
interesting year around Norway's pop/rock scenes. Micromars released a fine
7" EP called Our Modulation
(on the Japanese label Motorway) earlier this year, off which 3 (of the 4 songs) are
included here as well. Micromars is Christer and a bunch of "cheap" electronica.
Tune in to International Pop Modulations.
Cheesynova (off the EP) is the album starter, a refreshing popper, a bubbling
song up the Stereolab alley. New Pop Sound has got a fuzzy guitar intro before the
electronica takes over. Micromars presents a collection of playful and naive pop, of the
somewhat electro-pop-easy-listening type, related to the already mentioned Stereolab,
Pizzicato Five, and such. Playing around with the sounds of Farfisa, Moog, Roland, and Korg
machinery, he giftwraps a number of catchy and whimsy pop melodies. Fast Five and the
cool Alpha Beta (both taken from the debut 7"), as well as Sibling Pulsars, are
examples of pleasant moments for the present. This is music for now, the late 1990's,
which I guess will be looked back upon with a smile, thinking of the tongue-in-cheek kitchy-ness
in a relaxed atmosphere, sipping colorful little drinks.
Trembling Sustain Filter is another entertaining song, with French (sampled) vocals.
French Fi makes me think of the Monochrome Set from the early 80's. The last track, the
Jean Michel Jarre-sounding (!) Microgravity, closes the album perfectly, including nothing
less than samples from NASA! Why don't you buy this album instead of the over-hyped latest
Stereolab record? Yes, do so!
Copyright © 1999 Håvard Oppøyen