Norway - Full Moon 44 - 05/18/00
Jester Records/Voices of Wonder
The second go from the spectacular Bogus Blimp, one year after their debut album
Men-Mic. Expect more crazed
melo-dramatic and expressive cabaret'n'roll. Fasten seat-belts. Avant-en-garde!
Doom is the keyword, and this time BB really creeps around the floor of some horror
basement. As some of the weird and dramatic lyric says:
As I enter the basement I live in, I notice that
something is wrong.
The smell from the refrigerator, has grown tremendously strong.
On cords.wires you get introduced to sort of a shock-rock-opera, including Man
against Machine, Earth vs. Outer Space, and, yes, good against evil. The drama's almost got
a misantrophic angle, and I'm not sure how serious the whole thing is. The darkness is almost
total, the end of the world is near. The production, as well as the musical content, is far
more massive than their debut album. But in-between there are "air-holes", such as the very
short intro Hello World, as well as Under the Sea and Sugar and Fear.
Still, the words that guide the music are almost entirely gloomy:
"Tired and sad, yet kind of happy."
cords.wires both surprised and disappointed me being more introvert and outer-spaced
than expected. Nevertheless, Bogus Blimp seek to frighten and fascinate, and they sure can be
suggestive. Their sparsely lightened playground still is filled with odd equipment, and it's
worth sneaking inside their cabinet. Just for some horror-show, and to hear the sub-deep
bass-voice of singer Chr. Mona. cords.wires ends with the semi-monumental space-prog
track Flight to the Future, which sounds (slightly, only slightly) like a hybrid of
Mogwai and Motorpsycho, before the hovering, theremin-driven Things to Come leaves us
wondering what'll be next. Sort of an open-ended "The End"...
I guess that... Could possibly... Mars Attacks! Soon.
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