45 Second Reviews: Ghostland Observatory, Sébastian Tellier, Lizz Wright, Beach House

Beach House Devotion Carpark

03:10-03:55 of “Wedding Bell” This is so mellow. I should be in a calm and relaxed place -- too bad this is apparently a duo of folks that can “play” so many instruments that the muddled sound of quiet relaxation turns into this slightly off-putting mesh of chaos with a pretty voice. Oh, and of course it’s knee-deep in a thick goo-like reverb.

Ghostland Observatory Robotique Majestique Trashy Moped Recordings

02:00-02:56 of “Dancin’ On My Grave” Recipe for success in 2006/07/08: Buy a copy of an ‘80s pop sampler. Listen. Repeat. Buy instruments that sound analog, you don’t need someone that knows how to play, they just have to sound warm/crappy. Find singer with deep husky voice. Play music to live audience. Record music. Sell. Does nobody remember why metal and grunge became popular?

Sébastian Tellier Sexuality Lucky Number

01:00-01:45 of “Divine” This is supposed to be the type of music that middle-aged yuppies listen to while having sex on the beach and sipping mojitos and conversing with the office on Windows Mobile. Or perhaps it’s simply meant to feel like a weekend bath with hundreds of adorable kittens.

Lizz Wright The Orchard The Verve Music

00:00-00:45 of “I Feel the Earth Move” Maybe there is something wrong with me because I don’t really understand the appeal of this romantic TV moment music. Don’t get me wrong, its great for the montage at the end of Bones or House, but to actually listen to it on your own time?

-- Thorin Klosowski

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