When We Leave, We Will Know Where We've Been
K.C.-based trio was pegged early on as Notwist-style electronica
trip-hop balladeers who understood how to weave melody into the
bloop-bleep landscape. With their debut full-length, they veer off
that heavily trodden path for a more-traditional singer-songwriter
route and the change of scenery is a surprising improvement.
The band is calling their
sound "futuristic low-fi." Not bad. I was thinking more
on the lines of "digital indie," or, considering the number
of dark electronic tracks, maybe "goth-club"? Opener "Rest
Assured," with its acoustic-guitar lead and subtle keyboard
touches, sounds like something off the first Reindeer Section CD
before it builds into a full-fledged, multi-layered rocker. "Smoke
and Mirrors" is strummed guitar, a dry indie vocal and a chiming
bell-like synth supporting a reserved melody.
Ah, but then along comes
"An Unproven Theorem," with its jittery rhythm track and
bombastic, echoing electric guitars that drop off to piano and lonesome
vocals. "Conspicuous Minimalism" is a return to the Notwist
style that highlighted the band's self-released available-only-at-shows
demo, while "How to Attract Love" is a static-laden headtrip
that's club-ready from the outset.
They miss on the most
subdued numbers (down-right dreary, they are), but there are only
a couple of them. With what could be the worst name to come out
of K.C. since Cher U.K., Namelessnumberheadman are onto something
uniquely their own.
Posted Oct 13,
2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
band is calling their sound 'futuristic low-fi.' Not bad. I
was thinking more on the lines of 'digital indie,'or, considering
the number of dark electronic tracks, maybe 'goth-club'?"