Monday, May 23, 2016

Santosh – The Book Of Moron (2007)

  • Art pop 
  • Comedy 
  • Indie pop 
  • Alternative 
  • Lo-fi 
  • Psychedelic 
  • Electronic music 
  • Funk 
  • No Wave 
  • Funk 
  • Hip-hop 
  • Crossover 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Leftfield

Comment: Santosh is a Canadian Santosh Lalonde whose 18-notch outing reveals many facets with his own idiosyncratic touch. First of all, it is subjugated to playful, frenzy aesthetic algorithms where the definition of a genre is dismissed. Indeed, all one could hear from there is somehow transgressive and keen to destroy and extend beyond the stylistic boundaries. Although the issue is excessive it is not redundant. Maybe the title of the release loans you an additional hint. Let’s take some tracks to be analysed. Don’t Send Me To Hell chimes like a macabre, desperate country song as if one being totally drawn out of the context to a degree you cannot take it seriously anymore. Fantastic is a downbeat punk funk composition, which is exaggeratedly cheerful as if mocking about a contemporary human type, who is enslaved by political correctness, loans and idiotic TV shows. On the other side, these monkeys are enslaved by other monkeys having no different quality in fact. Morally they are even more inferior. That’s the moral of the case. By listening to the next song Funny People and all of that ultimately reminds of Lalonde`s compatriot Bruce Haack whose electronic pioneering many decades ago was similarly frantic and staggering and frequently transcended stylistic borders. At times it seems to sound like funk or hip-hop or indie rock or music hall or comedy yet blurring remarkably the borders of the aforementioned compartments that one startles to say something definitive about it. In a word, the result is overwhelming and needs to be listened many times before to get spotted on the artist`s precise core. Highly recommended. The issue is a part of the catalogue of Vancouver-based Peppermill Records.                   
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