Finally, here´s the comeback of the most eccentric, indescribable duo in Spanish pop (“100% guitar free”, man) as a lengthy appetizer for their forthcoming and long-awaited second album. Of these six (or seven) songs, just the title one will be featured on the LP, whilst the other five (or six) will only be available in this awesome mini-CD, which leaves us all looking forward to the coming of what will surely be a confirmation that their first place in all the 1995 Spanish polls with “Fade In/Fade Out” wasn’t casual.
“Catastrophe Baby EP” is astoundingly opened with the title song, a disturbing melody resting on cold, dark rhythms, and embellished with majestic, almost gothic arrangements, over which Tito sings with ease a perverse, evil lyric (“you’ve got the balloon of the world, I’ve got a knitting needle”). This perversity in the contents is a constant trademark to all the record: on “Pop-Corn Videodrome”, a sort of a galactic reggae accompanied with 80’s synth-pop winks (the keyboards, the contained emotion, cooled down with the technologic wrapping), they talk about reality shows and its viewers’ insatiable, morbid needs, and “Kiss The Robot” hides, behind an unconcerned melody, a lyric with a similar atmosphere to that of “Brazil” and other chronicles of futuristic alienation.
“Devil Plus II” is a tense, anxious, claustrophobic tale, somewhere between SUICIDE, David Cronenberg and Stephen King, whilst the precious song “Ingmar” relaxes the record’s progression with an hypnotic, whispered melody, adding magic arrangements which interlace in a dreamy way, until they arrive to a suddenly interrupted peak.
“Protect Me You” is their particular version, minimalist and repetitive, of the SONIC YOUTH song. New York, year 3003, kids seesaw by the nuclear factory, close to the motorway... Nevertheless, suddenly a non credited track comes in, a mysterious farewell of electronic, optimistic pop à la NEW ORDER, which leaves room for a bit of light and hope in a dark, almost apocalyptic record.
TELEFILME is much more than the side project of David Beef and Tito Penelope Trip. Theirs is a unique sound, of their very own: you are in a pub in Mars, and the local band is playing some old synth-pop hits from a millennium ago...
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