ETERNAL SUMMERS – YOU KILL
“Frank Ocean has quickly proven himself to be among the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation.” Really? Pitchfork wrote this recently in their review of Ocean’s latest release Channel ORANGE. Wow, a bold statement. I don’t mind the occasional Frank Ocean song, and I give him kudos for revealing a same-sex love in a genre known for its machismo, but a poet he is not. He is honest, open, and genuine, but lacks art in his lyrical approach, and intelligent revelations. Even in the critical favourite Bad Religion (which is a pretty good song), his lyrics are far too direct, personal, and simple to capture a lyrical moment of genius (or to avoid corny pitfalls – Allah Hu Akbar sung in R&B never had a chance). Thinking Bout You and Bad Religion are modest successes, but songs like Pyramids and Forrest Gump are overcome by cheesiness and triviality showing an artist not yet mature in singing, or songwriting. However, Frank is big news, and an R&B singer who has a different approach and a great back story can give critics blinders. I have tried to ignore the roar of the bandwagon and continue on looking for great music. This is why I am glad to have stumbled upon this trio from Virginia, and their newly released single for the upcoming album Correct Behavior. The incredibly catchy track finds itself somewhere between the Cocteau Twins and Japandroids, giving it a distinctly retro feel, but also an exciting pace. The result is a dance-around-the-room post-punk gem. I suppose it is no surprise, just like with newspapers, the most substantial stories are usually not the cover stories.