If a band lasts long enough, it will eventually incorporate classical instruments into its music. Metal groups call in the orchestra to lend even more excess to their bombast. Pop songwriters use classical touches to value-add prestige to their sometimes lightweight craft.
There was a time in the not so distant past when every release from the seminal English label 4AD Records was a must have for music collectors. Each piece was a veritable treasure embodying a certain otherworldly transcendental spirit that reached from the artwork of Vaughn Oliver's V23 design house to the mind-boggling creations from artists like the Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, and Throwing Muses. In an effort to recapture this winning formula, 4AD has ventured across the pond and snatched up cult artists like newcomer Cass McCoombs and longtime one-man band the Mountain Goats.
This album marked their debut on the legendary 4AD imprint as well as solidifying their place in the pantheon of emotive indie rock. After a four-year hiatus since their previous effort 's Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons Blonde Redhead return with an album full of soft melodies and melancholy themes to get lost in. This is an especially important and emotional time for hardcore BR fans, as it marks the return of lead singer Kazu Makino after her serious horse riding accident.
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Let us look at the Baroque signs that just bleed from Blonde Redhead's latest Misery is a Butterflyafter a long hiatus since 's Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons. First, the title, of rather Baroque foreboding -- uh, yeah, sure, misery is a butterfly. Makes sense to me.
Sometimes I really feel that I'm betraying my musical elitism. I rail against bands that aren't innovative, even if they're far removed from the mainstream. I've convinced myself I get some higher-order enjoyment out of listening to unabashed noise.
Blonde Redhead have long been maligned as self-consciously artsy, drawing facile comparisons to Sonic Youth and a host of No-Wave Blonde Redhead have long been maligned as self-consciously artsy, drawing facile comparisons to Sonic Youth and a host of No-Wave acts-- references that owe as much to their bandname's tribute to a DNA song as to Blonde Redhead's often discordant noise-rock. That rhetoric, of course, should've been shelved after the release of Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons.