MELT BANANA Bambi's Dilemma LP__________________________________________________________ A-Zap (2007) NEW / UNPLAYED / SEALED IN SHRINKWRAP DOMESTIC RELEASE
The new MELT BANANA ALBUM on wax !!!
And has it really been four years since Cell-Scape came out? That album has become one of my favorite albums of all time, a disc that I throw on constantly, never tiring of it's hyperspeed sci-fi sugar blast. I love everything that Melt Banana has done, every single one of their albums and EPs holds a very special place in my heart, but it was Cell-Scape that saw the band reaching a whole new level of awesomeness, with massive production, crushing riffage that was 100 times heavier than anything that had come before, and the introduction of lush, cosmic electronic ambience that served as a segueway between MB's supersonic blasts of pop-encrusted psychedelic powerviolence. So 's the follow-up, the weirdly titled Bambi's Dilemma, which the band has been referring to as a more "rock" orientated release. So what's my take on this? F**KING AWESOME. Bambi's Dilemma has the thick, powerful production and sleek blastbeat sheen of Cell-Scape, and yeah, t is more of an accessible rock element , but only on a handful of the album's 18 songs, w Melt Banana seems to have assimiliated some garage rock and alt pop moves into their DNA; "Crow's Paint Brush", for instance, sounds like a dancey alternative rock radio hit, at leats until the band bulldozes the hook with raging fastcore splattered with digital videogame effects. "Spider Snipe" sounds like Shonen Knife fused with maxi-caffeinated hardcore. “Type: Ecco System” is kosmiche space music as performed by dolphins. "Dog Song" is one of the weirdest MxBx songs ever, a brilliant, sweetly catchy punk song with Yasuko switching between poppy singing and imitating a crazed dog? And t's lots of extreme hyperblast songs, skronky no-wave inflected noisecore, and serene cosmic ambient soundscapes, and frontwoman Yasuko O. sounds as crazed and funky as ever, accompanied by guitarist Agata and his arsenal of galactic slide guitar insanity and FX-mutated thrashcore riffs. Halfway through the album, though, the band drops the guitars and bass entirely in favor of the Tmin, and the following songs rank as some of the most mindmelting Melt Banana jams ever, a technicolor collision of heavy speedcore drumming and swooping, bubbling, screaming Tmin tones, a sound the band calls "tmin-core". It rules. The album's final five-minute closer “Last Target On The Last day” is a fusion of glitch guitars, dark ambient tones, and grinding industrial rhythms with Yasuko channeling Laurie Anderson over the stuttering noisewave, ending the album on a dark, threatening note. Absolutely awesome and addictive, as hyperfast and heavy and CRAZED as anything they have done before, but even catchier and poppier and weirder than ever. Can't recommend Bambi's Dilemma enough, for real. Full color jacket with insert, complete with full lyrics and illustrated with some strange paint-splattered collage of everyday household items. Crucial.
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