Album Review

Nostalgia Del Buio [coll] – [Cochon Records]

Thurston Hunger   12/14/2006   A Library, CD

Into the latex bath, on with the eye shadow and out onto the dance floor
where you can squeal like the priapic pigbot or super sexy sow that you
are. Cochon has been a label to watch for awhile and this is one hell of
a pork rind grind. If you want to squeeze a theme out, it might be that
sex is confusion…and panic and humor and a dance with strobelights.
Or maybe this comp is the sound of the wings of youth beating against the
window of mortality…with synthesizer on top, robot drums on the bottom.
Speaking of drums/bottoms, this has a lot of that good ol’ electrospank.
Names familiar to the KFJC klub include Hanin Elias, Autonervous, Lost
Sounds, Black Ice, the Phantom Limbs, Glass Candy, Von Iva, Vanishing,
Rollerball and Nora Keyes. All of those folks nail you to the wall,
with the prize going to Hanin Elias for nailing you right through the
heart with a beat that’ll bust yer aorta. Nora Keyes is on here with her
majestic Nico-meets-a-laughing-penguin “Small Apart” (which KFJC has
elsewhere; there are about 10 such tracks, but this comp was originally
released in 2004). Even so as 2006 dies, there are 15 projects on here
that are making their KFJC debut (check the accordion hustle of Sansa
Asylum and the gutter-drip chanteuse of Garland Ray Project!) and there
are plenty whom we haven’t gotten to know well enough like Dada Swing,
Krmtx and Six Foot Sloth. An outstanding collection, with special props
for how the King Pig assembled the end of disk two…as graceful a
wind-down as your best teenage mixtape.

-Thurston Hunger

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