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We Make Beginnings
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As expected from Swedish people using the pretentious French name, The Secret Language EP offered slightly arty garage rock. Stop and go dynamics with knife-edged Bowie-by-way-of-Bauhaus drones. Starting over on We Make Beginnings, the art-level is of gallery quality. Slimy backgrounds with a touch of creepy grit support pouty-lipped Jam-like bass lines. 60's organ peels underline fuzzed-out or jangly guitar. At times the treble is overwhelming, especially on the boy-girl vocals, but the rhythm section kicks in to soul it out. Tunes like "Weekdays" and "Station To Station" (not Bowie's) have a straight-ahead energy that drags you along. They like to borrow song titles, check out the lyrical nod to Joy Division on "Live Transmission." Meanwhile the backhanded rhythms on the title track and "The Real Future Blues" pull your attention like a mysterious roadside attraction. The drumming is impeccable, and the guitar maneuvers smart. They have that certain something that keeps many great musicians from making great music. The music is chock-full of energetic dynamics that makes the end come too soon. Every tune complete in its own capsule, they harken to an exciting intelligence like Television and Pere Ubu, and The Fall. Listen to it when you've got time on your hands, you can't concentrate on anything else with all that's going on.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listings
1. Weekdays
2. We Make Beginnings
3. Real Future Blues
4. Station to Station
5. Magic Potion
6. Live Transmission
7. Stress Test
8. White Nights
9. We Need Disasters


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