Museum of Love: Instaclassic

That’s right! I am declaring Museum of Love’s debut  something worth listening and the duo someone worth watching. Though this is their self title debut, Pay Mahoney and Dennis McNany are veteran musicians who know how to craft unique sounds.

I am just going to quote myself here to spell out what I mean, “Museum of Love is a nonformulaic, hard to pin down, quirky and danceable album.” The gents of Museum of Love also create a great visual juxtaposition; in the wrong hands these sounds would be too cool for us to touch yet Museum of Love invites us in with their unique stylings.  What do I mean by this precisely, check out this promo video…

don’t you want to join the debauchery followed by a chill coffee session with these two?!

Here’s a video for one of my favorite tracks on their debut, “Down South.”

For Blurt Magazine:

Label: DFA
Release Date: October 14, 2014
dfarecords.com

After LCD Soundsystem (aka James Murphy) bowed out, many of the musicians who collaborated with Murphy went on to create their own projects: enter former LCD drummer Pay Mahoney. With his friend Dennis McNany the two formed Museum of Love, and for their self titled debut they’ve forged a unique electronic soundscape.

Mahoney’s vocal stylings alter slightly with the feel of each track as his soft, wispy voice balances between singing and spoken word. His lyrical approach fits the underlying melancholy that quietly pervades the album; calmer tracks such as “FATHERS” or “Monotronic” illustrate their knack for creating still, somber tracks that possess a quirky lead synth that lightens the feel. Within the latter track, rolling effects and a simple bass drum lead listeners to the words “I wasn’t made for this much happiness.” As the laid back beat gives way to organ-like keyboards we wait for the song to peak and take off; instead it, remains at its steady pace…and it works.

Static drums and shakers pick up the mellow “Down South” for a sophisticated track as Mahoney croons, “I want to feel in love.” “In Infancy” and “The Who’s Who of Who Cares” are also stand out songs yet the best number on the album holds the most head scratcher of a title, “Learned Helplessness In Rats (Disco Drummer).” Opening with the sound of waves, a steel drum and synth voices, the sounds fade to a deep bass and upbeat drums; it’s utterly entrancing. The album closes with tracks that deviate from the rest of the album; while an edgier rock influenced sound takes over “The Large Glass”—the almost lyrics track features distorted guitars and punk drum beat—closing song “And All The Winners (Fuck You Buddy)” is a ‘70s/soul-inspired number in which Mahoney’s almost falsetto delicately sings “how many ships have sailed and sank for it…fuck you buddy.”

A fine debut that is quite cohesive and flows well from track to track, with the exception of anomaly “Large Glass,” Museum of Love is a nonformulaic, hard to pin down, quirky and danceable album.

DOWNLOAD: “Down South,” “The Who’s Who of Who Cares,” “Learned Helplessness in Rats”

LCD Is Happening

Can LCD Soundsystem ever do wrong? No really, not a rhetorical question…James Murphy is one talented musician and, with the aid of equally talented friends, always manages to create captivating albums. With This Is Happening he continues down the “kick ass dance music” path. This is a fine release that I REALLY enjoyed, read my Blurt review here, check out LCD if you are not already familiar with his work and BUY THIS ALBUM. I love it!

LCD Soundsystem can do no wrong sonically. James Murphy, the mastermind behind LCD and DFA
Records, has the knack and talent for creating bodaciously catchy tracks that will incite the most uncoordinated soul to dance. This Is Happening, only LCD’s third LP, continues in this impressive pattern and includes tracks that dip into Murphy’s customary genre pallet.

The hour long album includes nine tracks that range from ‘80s new wave to dance-punk to
hypnotic trance. And again Murphy contemplates sizeable subjects as love, life, and hypocrisy all behind the upbeat veil of electronics. Opener “Dance Yrself Clean” slowly pulls you into Murphy’s world as it quietly pulsates before exploding with drums, synths and beats. “You Wanted A Hit” touches on the 
exasperating demands of the music biz; with the chorus “We won’t be your babies anymore,” Murphy begins “You wanted a hit/But maybe we don’t do hits/I try and try /It ends up feeling kind of wrong.”

Perhaps this track is an insight to Murphy’s profession that This Is Happening may be his last LCD Soundsystem album. Hopefully those words were that of an overwrought artist in need of a siesta because This
Is Happening is a work of art.

Standout Tracks: “Dance Yrself Clean,” “You Wanted A Hit”

Here’s my favorite track from the album, You Wanted A Hit…wait for it folks, it’s an excellent build up!