Saturday, November 04, 2006

Psapp--The Only Thing I Ever Wanted (2006)

Album-The Only Thing I Ever Wanted (With bonus 11 songs: Do Something Wrong EP/Buttons & War)
Release Date-Jun 6, 2006
Genre/Style-Indie Rock/Indie Pop

Biography-The English indie rock duo Psapp (pronounced sap) feature Carim Clasmann (guitar/producer) and Galia Durant (vocals/keyboards/violins). Together they create a charming pop mix of sultry vocals and quirky electronic beats. Tiger, My Friend marked Psapp's album debut for Leaf in 2004. Two years later, Psapp jumped ship to Domino (Franz Ferdinand, the Arctic Monkeys, Clearlake) for the release of their second album. The Only Thing I Ever Wanted arrived in June 2006, highlighting a more focused design to Psapp's friendly, creative energy. Stateside dates with Juana Molina and José Gonzalez coincided with its release that summer. Psapp ventured into the land of television in late 2005; their song "Cosy in the Rocket" is the theme song for the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy. Their songs have also appeared in selected episodes of The O.C. and Nip/Tuck.

Personal Rating-Rare!

Review-Brimming with delicious simplicity, Psapp's 2006 release The Only Thing I Ever Wanted grooves blissfully between post-rock and bossa nova. The duo of singer Galia Durant and studio guru Carim Clasmann swish through 11 hypnotic melodies built on a sample-based pop some call clunktronica, rife with everything from horns and maracas to squeaky floorboards and crumpling paper. Live instruments such as piano, brushed percussion, and xylophone comprise most of the musical samples, creating a powerful hybrid of earthy folk and sophisticated electronica. Durant lays her rich, sultry voice over this rootsy instrumentation — sounding very much like a more vocally gifted Nico — while Clasmann weaves all the odd parts together in the studio. This combination of quirky sounds and suave production lands the disc in musical territory that feels at once both innovative and familiar; something like Beck, Björk, and Velvet Underground meeting in a lazy Rio cantina only to discover they've all been listening to Stereolab and Nouvelle Vague. The album varies in texture from humidly sensual to wildly bohemian but never simultaneously. Instead, each new mood washes in and out on its own in a style that remains unfettered, a remarkable effect for a record that is otherwise such a curious conflagration of sounds.


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