Monday, July 21, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: The Innernettes “Hi Mom!” (Illuminated Paths)

                The Innernettes sounds like the name of a 1960’s all-female rock n roll band.   There, I said it.   (Although, back then no one would have known about the internet itself, and so this might not be even a name worth suggesting)   Still, the fact that this doesn’t sound like Shannon and her many Clams should be reason enough to check it out.

                It begins with 1980’s synth jams, audio clips and a whole lot of loops.   Yeah, it’s going to be in that seapunk realm that I can’t quite place but will now forever just associate with Illuminated Paths.    There is also a lot of electricity on Side A, which is never a bad thing in my book.

                Side B opens with a bit about the Muffin Man, which is kind of fun but can only make me think of that particular episode of “Dexter’s Lab”.   There is soulful singing, so I want to call it glo-fi, and then the lasers kick in and something else out in dreamy space.    This all leads to a song that could be straight out of “Baywatch” on a loop, with the audio clip “Hi Mom!”, which takes us to our title.

                There aren’t really as many cassettes out there (or music pieces in general) that use their title this well, but The Innernettes have found a way to succeed at it.   The overall vibe of this cassette- and not just on Side B- brings out something like Tim & Eric would create, only it isn’t quite as comedic in the delivery.  

                Just when I begin to hear the music sound like the song that goes “Never gonna give you up / Never gonna let you down” and the such, it turns out that the vocals come out with that as well and it isn’t so much of a coincidence that it sounds this way but rather some sort of cover.

                This is really a whole lot of fun but also really good.   I just hope that people don’t see this as being more of a party cassette and overlook the obvious talented being presented here. 

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