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=ladyface= 10-15-2007 07:23 PM

I heard a Young Folks remix on last.fm earlier. Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation. I liked it as much as the original and I'm not usually one for remixes.

TheBig3 03-10-2008 10:35 AM

You know I never found out who sang "young folks" but I always assumed it was either B&S or Pet Shop Boys by the sound of it.

But this is a unique type of one-hit wonder and I think their ought to be a name set aside for them. Maybe its just me but young folks can go along with the rest of those slightly barren feeling songs such as:

America - Horse with no Name
Geggy Tah - Whoever you are
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Dinner
Poe - Angry Johnny

I think so often with those computer generated sounds, bands aren't trying to sound personal. And then when you have this robotic sound coupled with sentimentality, it creates some odd void.

I don't know, to me in some odd way I feel its like Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, where you have this monster questioning what he is. Soulless, with no ability to feel affection, and trying to reconcile everything he's going through...I don't know that sounds crazy.

sleepy jack 03-10-2008 08:40 PM

Computer generated? How?

TheBig3 03-11-2008 09:31 AM

With regard to which? I realize it doesn't apply for things like America which was all but trying to be niel young and predated the synthetic music by a couple of years but there is (at least in hind sight) not a lot of movement in there.

To me the music in most of those songs sounds like the "demo" button on your yamaha keyboard. I think thats the best I'm going to do to describe it. In my mind, it doesn't sound like a group of people are in there playing, it sounds like they set up a microphone at Best Buy and someone sang over those "demo" buttons.

Which is nothing to take away from it. I actually kinda dig the sound because its just slightly left of what is the norm, and I can tell something is off but I'm not sure what. Which I wish more music did.

It almost creates a sense of loss and melancholy without having to write lyrics as if it was that type of situation.

When I listen to Toms Dinner, or Young Folks it almost plays like the soundtrack to a film without sound, and this song is playing while they watch someone move through their daily life without interacting much beyond the required functions.

Am I making sense or is this gibberish?

sleepy jack 03-11-2008 02:37 PM

No I get that, I just didn't at first because the music isn't computer generated it's them playing their instruments.

DearJenny 03-13-2008 01:14 PM

All I have heard is Young Folks. Does that whole CD have that same sound or was that just an "off" track.

Rainard Jalen 03-15-2008 05:45 PM

So like, just how good are these folks? I can't lay claim to ever having given'em a fair go.

ProggyMan 05-10-2008 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityLightsLikeRain (Post 454745)
All I have heard is Young Folks. Does that whole CD have that same sound or was that just an "off" track.

Amsterdam and Young Folks are certainly the highlights. There are some off tracks though. The album is suprisingly diverse and original.

swim 05-10-2008 09:04 PM

I really like the album with Young Folks but I don't think its anything special.

ProggyMan 05-11-2008 12:03 AM

I do. Like I said, some 'filler', but the album is diverse and sounds like nothing I've heard.


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