giovedì 4 novembre 2010

Brothers In Sound "Family Is for Sharing"

Un pò troppo spaziali e morbidi questi fratelli per i miei gusti, ma ovviamente compaiono fra i miei dischi "grazie" al solito Carlo Villa. L'ennesimo scheletro nell'armadio. Nel genere comuqnue erano piuttosto quotati...è che a me non piace il genere! Mannaggia! (2000 Regal)

It's not just a label that three-piece Brothers In Sound share with notorious non-conformists the Beta Band.
Like the Betas, this trio sees no boundaries in music, gleefully soaking up influences across genres and eras. Like the Betas, there's a joyously psychedelic playfulness spiking everything they do.
And like the Betas, their debut album is really just a collection of their first three EPs with a little extra on top. But what a debut. Whether it's the dopy bleepy chill-out of "Sleep Again", the thrash-funk of "Brothers Go Down" or the acoustic lull of "Levitation", leftield grooves have rarely been done this gracefully and this hypnotically.
Nodding at Nick Drake on "Mannequin", making like a rejuvenated Massive Attack on "Leave Glide Out", Family Is For Sharing is an astonishingly innovative album. File between Screamadelica, Revolver and Trout Mask Replica. (Calvin Bush -

You will know them by their befuddled grins and their dozy thousand-yard stare. They are Brothers In Sound, and once, we suspect, they were your common-or-garden indie kids. But somewhere along the way, there has been an awakening.
It almost certainly involved a psychedelic experience And quite possibly bubble machines, water slides and strobe lights. Yet happily, Bournemouth three-piece Brothers In Sound are not hippies.
The opening robotic twinkle of 'Journey Song' might hint at the misty electronica of, say, Boards Of Canada, but 'Family Is For Sharing' is an altogether more playful prospect.
Picture the eddying currents and wave-battered beaches of ambient music. And then, build a whoppin' great big Butlin's amusement arcade slap-bang on top of it.
The Brothers mark the point where the whole concept of 'band' pulls hard on a joint, splutters throatily and collapses into dizzy hysterics.
No frontman. No drummer. All hands on deck. Eternally adolescent and relentlessly eclectic, this is a cheerfully loose-knit approach to the making of pop music.
It's initially galling, then, that the spirit of cynical rehash should raise its head. 'Family Is For Sharing' is less a debut album, more a cunningly packaged compilation of the Brothers' first three EPs - 'Barelyafterawake', 'Just Like A Day', and 'The High And Low Show'.
The two remixes rather lamely included as, ahem, 'incentive' are singularly pointless; Twisted Nerve artist Sirconical turns out a forgettable remix of 'Journey Song', and the crunchy Aphex Twinnery of Wauvenfold's take on 'Sleep Again' covers well-trodden ground. Worse still, they take the album to a sprawling, and thoroughly unfocused 69 minutes in length.
Thankfully, the high points, they are many.
At its best, 'Family Is For Sharing' excels with the odd gem of futuristic space-pop of the sort that Blur so memorably botched on '13'; 'Hey You', for one, sounds like Graham Coxon locked in a flotation tank with a member of Tangerine Dream - all lost-little-boy vocals and rusty, lo-fidelity drum loops.
And there's no heel-kicking, indie-schmindie crisis of confidence on 'Journey Song', which sets its co-ordinates to the horizon in the grand spirit of Kraftwerk's 'Autobahn', or 'Brothers Go Down' - which tries, and almost succeeds in envisaging a breakbeat Mercury Rev.
Where Albarn and friends forced it, Brothers In Sound feel it. Magnificently.
But oh, for some clarity. If the Brothers were real siblings, you'd doubtless hear a voice of discipline - you'd feel the Gallagher-esque sharp edges that still make Oasis an ever-entertaining prospect now that the spark's long since burnt out.
Not here; long-familiar tracks drift by, a sedative retread of Brothers In Sound's past achievements.
Bless them, just occasionally, the Brothers offer a far-sighted glance outside the normal clod-hopping parameters of indie. But 'Family Is For Sharing', it just yawns, closes its sleep-encrusted eyes, and drifts into slumber. Here's to another awakening. 7 out of 10 (

- Journey Song
- Shady Mia
- Sleep Again
- Brothers Go Down
- Leave (Glide Out)
- Levitation
- Hey You
- Journey Song (Sirconical Remix)
- Breathing
- Mannequin
- Sleep Again (Wauvenfold Remix)
- Scene From The Boozer
- Lauryn Hill
- Easy Life


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