Album Review

Kitchen + The Plastic Spoons – “Screams to God” – [Dark Entries]

Thurston Hunger   5/16/2013   12-inch, A Library

Killer catchy art-damaged pop-punk with tworky analog
synth way out front, but some snappy drumming provides
crisp pulse to most of the tracks. Emergency girlfriend
vocals Anne Larsson are so good in that nervous but
not afraid way. The lead-off cut, “In Bars” feels like
two songs that collided into something spectacular.
Oddball audio on the last track closing side A, befitting
a band from the early 80’s that was more prank than
political. And evidently too good to hold it together
for a proper release, but Dark Entries to the rescue
again! On some tracks Linda Motsieloa and Iodine Jupiter
trade-off singing, adding to the playful vibe. No matter
who is singing, Helena L??nnqvist and Iggo Karlsson squiggly
synths really get this cartoon cavorting (again, I can
taste the Devo in the batter, but I ain’t complaining.)
“Happy Funeral” indeed… All of Side A rollicks, but
the flip side scores as well. “Filmen” with its gusts of
middle eastern melodies eventually turn “Midnight Express”
into a dance movie. “Psch” with the wet decay of old
angsty keyboards and a flair of secret agent guitar hit
the spot as well, delivering a death wish disco dirge
delight. Love the Stockholm Syncopated Syndrome delivered
here, a truly great find.

-Thurston Hunger

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