来自波特兰的后摇乐队Talkdemonic,仅有Kevin O'Connor和Lisa Molinaro两名成员.Lisa负责小提琴和键盘,Kevin包办剩余所有的乐器演奏.06年发行的"Beat Romantic"是他们的第二张专辑.优美动人的纯器乐演奏,奇妙的节奏变换,电子节拍恰到好处,当中的弦乐点缀,创意十足.极具美感的旋律和氛围,勾勒出唱片封套般的田园意像,平添几分诗意.
The duo of Lisa Molinaro (on viola and synths) and Kevin O'Connor (on every instrument you might hope to find in your grandfather's attic, as well as some futuristic beat-making devices) makes music that seems to be based in a pop structure -- short, rhythm-based tracks -- but the similarities end there. Without singing, hooks or samples, the two still manage to generate great energy and an accessible sound. Their second album, Beat Romantic, blends traditional forms of instrumental music with what they call hip-hop beats -- although I can't think of many hip-hop artists who would try to flow over this. And the romance definitely wins out over the rhythms: the layers of instruments carry a transportive, cinematic quality that can be exhilarating at first and then disappointing in the end.
The songs seem to build from nowhere, starting as simple electronic beats and growing into full-on symphonies of synthesizers, organs, strings, banjo, guitar and stick drumming that would sound at home on any dramatic soundtrack. It's intriguing, but it seems like every time the cacophony begins to come together, they abruptly finish the song -- six of the album's sixteen tracks are just under two minutes long. Many of the songs are most sharp and stunning in their poignancy, but when the nature of the music is to slowly build, it seems a disservice to keep the songs on such short leashes. Beat Romantic seems to be more of a collection of ideas for songs that might some day be.
Listening to Beat Romantic is like living inside the head of a mad scientist with A.D.D.: As soon as one of their pretty little monsters starts to twitch on the table, they pull the plug without really seeing what it can do. Even trying to classify the music (some people are calling it "folktronic-hop," others "electrofolk-hop") seems like an act against nature. But when they let the tortured strings of "Bering" leak into the opening beat of "Human Till Born," Molinaro and O'Connor show they know how to create smoother and more.
02. Mountaintops In Caves
03. Dusty Flourescent/Wooden Shelves
05. Cascade Locks
08. Human Till Born
09. Sept With Smith
10. Manhattan '81
11. Mountain Cats
12. White Gymnasium
13. Axe & Red Sweater
14. Lightening & Butterflies
15. Hillside Monarch