Friday, January 28, 2011
Ducktails- III: Arcade Dynamics (2011)
So i have to admit i am a little late to the whole Ducktails game, i missed out on all the limited cassettes 7 inches and all that jazz, I was aware of this guy's existence i had just never sat down with one of his albums. From what i am led to believe is that this new album is a bit of a departure from his earlier work, apparently his early work is all drum machine/synth style stuff with lazy stoner singing over it...but then again i could be wrong.
What I am hearing now on this new album is pretty boring and bored sounding indie rock in the vein of something like Sebadoh or Pavement without any of the ambition. The sound isn't terrible it's just not terribly engaging, it sounds tossed off but not in a very good way, it just kind of comes off lazy.
Now this brings me to a big topic i have been throwing around regarding this new resurgence of "lo-fi" and "chillwave". To be honest i am pretty much over it and i never really was into it to begin with. There is something very opportunistic about a lot of these bands, they all have a similar template; usually 1 or 2 people grabbing a 4 track and making something vaguely indie rockish, somewhat shoegazy, all with this "stoner haze" blanketing it. it's indie pop dragged through the mud until it comes out a pretty thing covered in dirt and this mud makes everything sound the same. sure the melodies are different from one artist to the next but it all sounds like it was recorded in the same studio with the same engineer. The genre of music is so similar it just feels like i could grab a rod and cast out and come back with an idea of the whole scene just by listening to 1 band...to me that is awful. I need variety , i need umph some muscle or at least some real genuine weirdness. Once again let me state that this music is by no means bad or awful i just find it frustrating hearing all these 3rd rate Sebadoh's when there is so much more territory to explore.
So yeah this album is not an abomination and it's nothing amazing but to me the middle ground it occupies is the worst offense and this is something that has no place on my musical map of important and interesting things to listen to. this shit is stale, pleasant and stale....
02 Hamilton Road by deef deeferson
04 The Razor's Edge by deef deeferson