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Junior Boys
So This Is Good-bye
Domino Recording Co., Ltd.
www.juniorboys.net


The Junior Boys from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada are made up of lead singer
Jeremy Greenspan and producer/composer Matt Didemus. Their latest disc So This Is Good-Bye demonstrates eclectic sessions of digitized notes perforating the vocals with bleeps, pops, ba-loops, slapsticks, plunks, and bouncing notes that are melodically cabled and sounding something like a score from The Blue Man Group's show in Las Vegas. It is music composed from a great deal of imagination that originates from outside of the box, and has an anime glyptic, which give the music terms personification. Their corrugation of electroclash elements, liquefied synths, and buds of beaded futuristic cumulus has factions of Ladytron and Sweden's prog rock trio Thieves Like Us with wisps of programming lineaments congruent to The Secret Handshake.

The digital lagoons on "Double Shadow" have an animatronic personage, which gives the Junior Boys' robotic glyptics a friendlier feel. The combination of synth effects and slapping drum strokes have an avant-garde composure that can be related to The Keep and Talk Talk, but the Junior Boys are singled out from the clique with vocals that glide over experimental jottings giving the songs a melodic pane like on "The Equalizer." They also infuse droplets of abstract imagery like on "First time" which resonate with the backbeats of handclaps giving the song more rhythmic propulsion.

A Pet Shop Boys-style stargazing can be correlated to "Count Souvenirs," and the bubbling trombone midi-file types on "In The Morning" produce an anxious tempo along electronica lintels while scraping and trickling sound sensations push into the formations. The empyreal wavelengths on "So This Is Good-Bye" has a likeness to the willowy whispers of San Diego's the Rise Of The Speedmen. The sensory bleeps and clamps on "Like A Child" has innocence in the tones while the heavy beats on "Caught In A Wave" prolix weighty winged staves and heavy clouds in the strophes. Their remake of Frank Sinatra's song "When No One Cares" is solemn with the music making inflections corresponding to the indentations of the vocal melody. The final track "FM" is a soft toned melody with fluid sequences, tender whispers and hubs of mellow esplanades.

The electroclash simplex emerged as a fade but has demonstrated staying power. The Junior Boys have moved the underground club genre into budding trails of mainstream pop while maintaining hardcore tenets of the movement, which began as a derivative of melodic pop profusion's. The Junior Boys have befriended both melodic pop and the classes of experimental and avant-garde amalgamations on their latest disc So This Is Good-Bye, forming a hybrid that pleases parties of all factions.

-Susan Frances

Tracklisting:
1. Double Shadow
2. The Equalize
3. First Time
4. Count Souvenirs
5. In The Morning
6. So This Is Good-Bye
7. Like A Child
8. Caught In A Wave
9. When No One Cares
10. FM


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