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Mixel Pixel
Music For Plants
Kanine Records
www.kaninerecords.com


My first encounter with Mixel Pixel was a few months ago as openers for a live Single Frame show. Their set was rather eclectic, a little low rent, and strange in a psychedelic-redneck-meets-Devo sort of way. My memory of their music is decidedly different from the offering I have here now. And, I would say that's for the better. "Cyclone Took My Baby" was probably their most notable track and video prior to Music For Plants, which was made to look like a trailer park version of Dire Straits' "Money for Nothin'." It was pretty damn funny, but musically was far from the inspired electro-pop-genius of Music For Plants. This album is chock full of colorful '60s barrages of bumble-bee-buzz that could enhance your psychotropic experimentations, or simply serve in their stead.

The band lineup for this album boasts two new members (Kaia Wong and Matt Snee) who undoubtedly provided the missing keys to form the sort of synergy that makes it not only a deliriously delicious slice of cheesecake experimentalism, but with equal measures of clever pop-snap and driving rock seamlessly integrated in make for a sonically rich listening experience.

This album is notable for its uniqueness as well. Its influences are varied, and recognizable, but the music as a whole doesn't really sound like anything else. And that garners a lot of respect in my corner of the music world. It can be aimless and spacy, like the swirling fugues of Vangelis, and then suddenly switch to the beat-driven New Wave rock/rap of latter-day Blondie. Fans of this band are in for a treat, but others would do well to check 'em out too.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. You're the Kind of Girl
2. Switchblade Sister
3. Coming up X's
4. Black Van
5. I Cannot Die
6. Behind the Sun?
7. Ghost for Life
8. Abandon Ship
9. These Mortality Pictures
10. Turkish Delights


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