Album Review

Pouffe – “Malll” – [Self-release]

Dianthus   7/19/2011   A Library, CD

Living on 2 different islands in New Zealand, artists Matt Plunkett and Kraus do not have many opportunities to compose music together. Pouffe (pronounced “poof”) recorded this 12 -track adventure in the spare room of Kraus’ home writing songs and recording them onto a 1/4″ reel to reel machine – all in just 2 days. Fun, fresh and creatively vibrant, Pouffe tickles your ears with interesting sound adaptations that include low-fi guitar, clapping, tape-echo, organ, drums and unbalanced microphone techniques. Matt Plunkett bounces out lyrics that carries you into spaces of loneliness, humor and everyday life, all while at times ranting truthfully like a nasally-toned Jello Biafra. Kraus, who has formally played for other New Zealand bands such as The Maltese Falcons, The Futarians and The Murdering Monsters, summons currents of drumming and hawk screeching guitar as well as conceptualizing the birth of the songs by not editing them too much. Try the song “Industrial Zone” on and be prepared to have it stuck in your head all day. The track ” Emperor of Men” if you need your poetry cup filled from the writing of Emily Dickinson or just listen to the whole album for free! (yes…they will send you your own copy)Take a gander at Pouffe’s 2nd album”Malll” and try to describe their music to yourself.


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