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TUXEDOMOON - Cabin in the Sky
Cabin in the Sky



 

 
 

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'TUXEDOMOON'
'Cabin in the Sky'   

-  Label: 'Crammed Discs'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '2004'-  Catalogue No: 'CBOY 1515'

Our Rating:
The post-modern aesthetic denies the possibility of anachronism. If time isnít a straight line, you can never be at a wrong point. Twenty years or ten seconds later, a good idea becomes a sublime classic. Punky New Romantic jazz hounds become Eurodisco Ambient Meistersingers. It all makes sense. TUXEDOMOON are back.

"Cabin in the Sky" is a glorious swathe of virtuoso composition, realisation and sound collage. Like FRANK ZAPPA without the vitriol, like ROXY MUSIC without the Rockisms, TUXEDOMOON look down from a great height, waving an elegant handsignal of louche disregard for the pilled up masses on the dancefloor below. Pearls before swine? Who gives a shit. This is the luxury end of the market and you can take it or choke on it.

With DJ HELL on the credits list, a rhythmic drive is one of the albumís recurrent features. Blaine Reiningerís suave idlersí voice and heartbreak violin, Steven Brownís artful clarinet and some fabulously scored piano and trumpet are to be expected. A spiky dry bass shows up at regular intervals, reminding anyone who was alive in the early eighties that we all wanted a bass to be heard as well as felt. Is SQUAREPUSHER hanging about there somewhere? He could be. TARWATER and John McEntire of TORTOISE certainly are.

I mention these prodigious titbits as mere appetisers. The splendid richness of this album makes it something you really must own. It refuses to drop into the background. Every line brings a new delight, from the tuned-right-down electric guitar lines of opening track "A Home Away", through the drunken clarinets of "Here Ďtil ChristmasĒ to the ghostly shadows of the heavy metal intro to Latin-styled "Luther Blisset". Field recordings of steps on a tenement stairwell, a military band and a lost civilisation or three waft in and out like you could smell and touch them. Inventiveness never falters and never obtrudes. You will read "cinematographic" in other reviews. It would mean "instead of going to the movies" rather than "you'd expect to hear it at the cinema". I wouldn't disagree.

Of twelve pieces (with the sound collage of "La Piu Bella" reprised) there is no dud. Start where you will, the many glinting facets of the album shine out. Twists and turns within each song are part of a continent full of side streets, boulevards, piazzas and forgotten lanes. Itís a journey that packs all the finery of popular music and all the sophistication of academy performance. Are you ready for it yet?
  author: Sam Saunders

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