rating : 7
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title of this album seems to refer to Daniel Johnston « Yip Jump Music ».
This impression is reinforced by the artwork and the Daniel Johnston cover
« Wedding ». However, the ex-Clears’s album does not just
contain lo-fi songs. There are some (« in the sun » and « wedding »)
but there are also other kind of songs : Sixties like catchy favoured
tunes and more experimental ones.
stand-out song « The Walk » makes me think of a more
tunefriendly version of Love’s singer Arthur Lee because of the voice
production and the seemingly sweet melody which is somehow bittersweet
(maybe because of the lyrics: « I just floated by to say hello »).
The gentle psychedelia of the first three songs develops into
experimentations in longer songs. « Fluxogen/neverything » is a
bit unbalanced for example. There are strange sounds sometimes (« the
bitter wind », « totally sigmund »), which evokes
childhood. The numerous voices used on some songs seem to address directly
our childhood memories. These songs make me think of an imaginary cartoon
soundtrack. Floaty, dreamy melodies of childhood dreams. The ones in which
you still dreamt of teddy bears, clouds and merry-go-round. The artwork
participates much to this impression: a boy bicycling in a scarcely clouded
blue sky on a road made up of piano touches.