Old Time Relijun

31 05 2008

Old Time RelijunCatharsis in Crisis
2007 – K Records

Old Time Relijun actually got together in 1997, which surprised me to read after having listened to Catharsis in Crisis. They are from Olympia, and while they started out as a trio, they are now a four-piece.

Here’s what I thought, blow-by-blow, of today’s album:

Track 1 – Sounds like Nick Cave if he lived in Olympia. I mean this in a quasi-purjorative sense.

Track 2 – I’m starting to get it. It’s a backbeaty, younger, more saxophone-intensive Grinderman. Sort of. The singer’s voice is a little too whiny for me, though he does this other thing where he kind of sounds like a really intense beat poet, which sounds annoying but is sort of appropriate?

Track 3 – The vocals are not good.

Track 4 – I like the drummer and guitar player, but I think they probably get pushed around by this singer a lot. He sounds like he’s really pushy.

Track 5 – Saxophones are back, and this time they sound like they can actually play, even though they’re obviously using metal mouthpieces. This is my favorite track so far. The saxophones sound vaguely like Mulatu Astatke’s stuff, which I love.

Track 6 – Surf rock with 13-year-old Nick Cave singing?

Track 7 – Opening bars are promising. I like the guitar sound on this album. Now, at the very end, there’s a cool fuzzy drone, but the singer is trying to do some kind of Hildegaard Von Bingen thing. It’s interesting, but it sounds like A Silver Mount Zion when their singer gets really annoying.

Track 8 – Okay, now he sounds like the guy from Coheed and Cambria.

Track 9 – Spanish! I think. This album sounds like it’s been recorded in a large, white room. It’s really spare, and it works.

Track 10 – The first 4 seconds sound like they’re about to launch into a 60s Detroit Motown song. There’s a neat texture with bass clarinet, and it sounds like this song would be good to have sex to if you weren’t distracted by it.

Track 11 – It’s disco music without the bass. And with, apparently, hurdy gurdy. This is another good track.

Track 12 – Chanting, Indian (North American Indian)-sounding drums, and twinkling sounds. Kind of neat.

Track 13 – “Oh canopy of constellations”? I like that I don’t listen to lyrics. This song started out kind of drony and mezzo forte, and now it’s building, and there are saxophones again. The guitar tone is still really nice.

Track 14 – These guys listen to Sun Ra. Most definitely. But they also listen to Tom Waits.

Also Listened:

Constantines – Kensington Market
Pixies – Wave of Mutilation – Best of Pixies
Free Kitten – Inherit
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Is Is
Dog Day – Night Group
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits
The Smalls – To Each A Zone
Teenage Head with Marky Ramone – S/T