Boomkat Product Review:
Wrapped in a cover that looks like an artist's impression of a nine year olds worst nightmare, 'Monsters & Silly Songs' is actually the work of Joakim Bouaziz who - on the basis of this album - could well be an artist's impression of what a DFA influenced musician who dabbles in the odd remix for Tiga, Air, Annie, Ivan Smagghe and Tiefchwarz should sound like... Recorded with a live band then put through the production gauntlet, 'Monsters & Silly Songs' certainly has a lot going on from the off - opening proceeding with the militaristic chug of 'Sleep In A Hollow Tree', wherein Joakim assembles something that sounds not unlike a bleak version of Queen's 'Flash Gordon', reimagined through a dystopian electro window. If this all sounds a bit dour, fear not - for just as the clouds seem to be blotting out the sun for keeps, 'I Wish I Were Gone' spins into the room, dressed in the kind of jerky funk that !!! major in whilst bringing gloopy beeps and helium vocals along for the ride. Blessed with a sound that matches pin-point production with seemingly improvised tracts of sound, Joakim squeezes the best of both worlds onto 'Monsters & Silly Songs' - i.e. controlled disorder. Moving on, 'Three Legged Lantern' gatecrashes your senses like Sigur Ros being produced by Morodor, before 'Lonely Hearts' makes itself known through a quilt of sound that wears its LCD Soundsystem and Pet Shop Boys fan badges with considerable proud. Elsewhere, 'Rocket Pearl' tricks you into submission with a ethereal introduction before kicking out with some Franz Ferdinand style rock, 'Palo Alto' is a xylophone led 21st Century torch song, whilst 'Tanabata' is the sound of waking up to a snow covered landscape. Monstrous!