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Boomkat Product Review:
Chicago avant-rockers Volcano! have previously billed 'Paperwork' as being themed around "disillusionment in the workplace", but far from the office-bound drudgery that suggests, the album is filled with angular guitar-spun extravagance and Animal Collective-style uncategorizable whimsies. Erstwhile single 'Africa Just Wants To Have Fun' takes a math-rock slant on 2008's Afropop fad, but there's so much more to this record than mere trend-following, and however hard to follow some of the more frenzied prog-influenced shifts in style and tempo, at every turn there's something bizarre and lurid going on to hold your interest. Unlike fellow professional kooks like the aforementioned Animal Collective and Yeasayer, Volcano! do sound a bit like they're making it up as they go along - particularly in terms of the vocal melodies, which pour out of these songs a little too indiscriminately for their own good, and so in an odd sort of way, the band make more sense when they're in all-out free-jazz mode, as encapsulated by the blistering, noisy confusion that erupts midway through 'Kitchen Dance'. A real mess in places, but Paperwork's well worth adding to your in-tray.