Couture, Couture, Couture

Couture, Couture, Couture

by Frausdots


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Couture, Couture, Couture

On their debut album Couture, Couture, Couture, Frausdots -- Brent Rademaker's post-Tyde and Beachwood Sparks project -- use synth pop and the darkly jangly side of '80s post-punk as inspiration for their languidly stylish music. Needless to say, this sound is fairly different than either Beachwood Sparks or the Tyde, but Frausdots' songwriting is nearly as engaging as those bands' was and has a similarly Californian sheen to it, proving that location, location, location has a lot to do with Couture, Couture, Couture's vibe. On songs like "Dead Wrong" -- which borrows America's "Horse With No Name" and recasts it as blankly moody synth pop -- and "Fashion Death Trends," the band pushes the more overtly retro side of its sound with ultraclean productions, big choruses, and keyboards aplenty. On "Broken Arrows" and "Contact," they try for, but don't quite achieve, Echo & the Bunnymen-esque depth; while all the elements are in place, they just don't add up to drama. However, Frausdots sound more natural on the less obviously new wave and post-punk inspired songs: "The Extremists"' peppy organ stabs and strutting beat makes a better backdrop for Rademaker's warm, Lloyd Cole-eqsue vocals, even if it drags on a bit longer than it should (a recurrent problem on Couture, Couture, Couture). "Tomorrow's Sky," "Current Bedding," and the lovely, mandolin-tinged "The Man Who Dreaded Sundown" also fare well because they work with Rademaker and company's inherently soft, breezy tendencies instead of against them. Though the album's title states that Frausdots keep up with fashion, their best moments tend to be the least trendy ones. Couture, Couture, Couture is an uneven album, but it does tend to wear better than some other albums by '80s-inspired bands.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787064223
catalogNumber: 642

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frausdots   Primary Artist
Rob Campanella   Mandolin
Hunter Crowley   Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Michelle Loiselle   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Ric Menck   Drums
Roger O'Donnell   Synthesizer
Brent Rademaker   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Sloan   Acoustic Guitar
Mia Doi Todd   Vocals
Darren Rademaker   Vocals
Shane Walsh   Background Vocals
Ned Brower   Vocals
Benjamin Knight   Guitar
Dominic Campanella   Vocals
Corey Lee Granet   Guitar
Ann Do Rademaker   Synthesizer
Carl Tapia   Synthesizer
Shane Walsh   Background Vocals
Michelle Loiselle   Vocals
Corey Lee Grant   Guitar
Carl Tapia   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Michelle Loiselle   Composer
Brent Rademaker   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Sloan   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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