Boomkat Product Review:
Continuing Hymen's association with the excellent Mad Monkey records, after the splendid L'Usine Iron City album, comes this second offering from the excellently named Dead Hollywood Stars. Their first offering sank without trace, after a distribution deal with NuGroove misfired, this time they've found a much more congenial home in Hymen. Crunchy beats, strains of ghostly americana a la Bill Frisell and dustbowl John Fahey styles mesh almost seamlessly with electronic treatments. I suppose the closest port of call for comparison is Matmos' effortlessly brilliant The West, but there are other elements at work here. Disembodied echoes from thirties film and dance bands on the opener, "In the abbey of the psalms" strips it all away to one bad, bad beat, while "Singapore Sling" kicks it somehere between "Organ Transplants" and the slanderous mambos of Senor Atom Heart.