“What happened to Audrey Horne?” It was a question that permeated much of last year’s Twin Peaks revival, and one which lingers long after its close. Yet, while the cult TV series’ timely return has brought such bygone contemplation to the forefront of contemporary pop culture, that very same question has been pressing upon my mind with regard to the musical sphere for some time now. Having peaked with their eponymous third album in 2010, this once lively group of Norwegians (who take their name from a prominent character in David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult television series, in case that introduction made absolutely no sense to you) seemed to degenerate—much like Twin Peaks itself—from underappreciated semi-cult act to middling pastiche with their two subsequent records. However—again, much like the origin of their namesake—Blackout sees this bunch of retro-rock worshiping ragtags return with their strongest offering in years.
This is a love letter about a love song. The glam metal explosion yielded more than its fair share of sappy power ballads, but one reigns above them all. The Achilles heel of the power ballad is its maddening tendency to mire in cliché — but, paradoxically, “I Remember You” manages to subvert kitsch and bludgeon cliché through its absolute screaming dedication to its own cliché.
These French delay aficionados certainly deal with the intimacies of build up and crescendos but do so in a way that is infected with a kind of cheery optimism that’s hard to resist. The main comparison point has to be Alcest. Fūjon is almost like a dirtier Shelter, doing much to better the formula of that album by injecting the production and composition with a bit more life and meat.
The first episode of 2018 has to be a shitshow right? Noyan is away moving coasts (like, literally moving several coasts, not changing apartments), so we have Simon instead. Eden’s power cuts out several times during recording, both of them have terrible opinions and hilarity ensues.
They did get around to talking about stuff like new music from Justin Timberlake, Mammoth Grinder, Judas Priest, Vessel of Iniquity and Nightmarer. They then speak about Soundcloud kinda maybe going to 64kbps and Spotify getting hit with a huge lawsuit, which leads to an in depth discussion on the tools we use to listen to music. Then, they turn to the sucky treatment by the community of the rape and kidnapping charges against Decapitated being dropped, our newsletter (sign up below!), Simon’s 2017 and personal AOTY list and albums they’re looking forward to in 2018.
Cool people time includes Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy and Master of None!
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