Monday, April 3, 2017

C.J. Pizarro – Snow Crabs (2004)



  • Electronic pop 
  • Comedy 
  • Urban music 
  • Hip-hop 
  • Rap 
  • Indie pop

Comment: it happened quite recently when I discovered such a label as Imaginary Albums which in fact had been in action in the first half of the 00s. The roster of the imprint involves such artists as Corpus Callosum, The History and Civilization of the Great Black Swamp, Laura Palmer, Hubre, Procrustes, Blasting Trout Overbite, Cookie Jar, Santa Inferno, The Harvey Girls, Swain, Tiny Creatures (the artist also being known from the roster of the Israeli imprint Birdsong. Thanks to it I discovered Imaginary Albums), and C.J Pizarro. The two first tracks (Dark Black Semen, Going To Die) apparently mock the violent gangsta rap philosophy and culture gravitating towards sex, guns, and dope. Of course, the rest of the tracks (or at least the most of them) have been managed to focus on these themes but they abandon the apparent stereotypical approach though carrying on a tongue-in-cheek advance and involving black humour (for instance, at Look! I'm an Angel!). Frequently comedy aspects are intermingled with experimental pop elements. For instance, at Alpacas R Us the artist exploits repulsively desperate vowel effects and chants and a battle of sonic effects being counterpointed by sublime a cappella  and soulful singing here and there, However, there are up some tracks which used to distance from rap/hip-hop music. For instance, the final track Heaven and Milk running in the vein of artsy indie pop by employing sliding sonic effects and twanging guitars and exuberant singing.
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