Cold and Bouncy

Cold and Bouncy

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by The High Llamas
     
 

Cold and Bouncy is an accurate description of the High Llamas' music, in many ways. On the surface, it's light and airy, with sprightly or sighing melodies, sometimes quite detailed, but that very attention to detail keeps the music at an emotional distance -- it's easy to admire Sean O'Hagan's skill, but a little more difficultSee more details below

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Cold and Bouncy is an accurate description of the High Llamas' music, in many ways. On the surface, it's light and airy, with sprightly or sighing melodies, sometimes quite detailed, but that very attention to detail keeps the music at an emotional distance -- it's easy to admire Sean O'Hagan's skill, but a little more difficult to be moved by it. Still, there's a lot to be said for being evocative, which the High Llamas certainly are. Like its predecessor, Hawaii, Cold and Bouncy floats between involved instrumentals and songs, relying on texture more than actual songwriting. O'Hagan is beginning to break away from his Brian Wilson obsessions, even if echoes of SMiLE and Pet Sounds are evident throughout the record. However, it sounds more than ever like original work, thanks to a subtle incorporation of retro-electronic textures, straight out of his work with Stereolab. Those keyboards open the sound up just enough to make Cold and Bouncy the group's most inviting release since Gideon Gaye, but it still suffers from O'Hagan's meandering tendencies. While it's not the marathon of Hawaii, the album still runs way too long, lasting well over an hour. Instead of adding depth, the length makes O'Hagan's ideas difficult to assimilate, and by the end of the record, it sounds like he only has variations on a handful of themes. But when the album is consumed in small doses, however, O'Hagan's flair for arrangement and sonic detail burns brightly.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1998
Label:
V2 / WASABI
UPC:
0638812700728
catalogNumber:
27007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

High Llamas   Primary Artist
John Bennett   Band
Sally Herbert   Violin
Sean O'Hagan   Band
Andy Ramsay   electronic percussion
Steve Waterman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rob Allum   Band
Andy Robinson   Trombone
Marcus Holdaway   Cello
Fulton Dingley   Loops
Julia Singleton   Violin
Mark Bassey   Trombone
Kelsey Michael   Vocals
Jacqueline Norrie   Violin
Dominic Murcott   Marimbas,Vibes
Colin Crawley   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola

Technical Credits

John Bennett   Contributor
Sean O'Hagan   Contributor
Andy Ramsay   Contributor
Rob Allum   Contributor
Steve Rooke   Mastering
Fulton Dingley   Programming,Engineer

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