Suburban Lawns - s/t
One of the holy grails of American New Wave is finally reissued on a wider scale (the Futurismo press from 2015 is nearly as expensive as the original) and remains one of the great long players of its era. Don't be fooled by its obscurity - this is an all timer. Similar to Devo, X and B-52s, Suburban Lawns filtered the detritus of Americana through an absurdist, almost Dadaist lens to create a kind of intellectualised yet alien form of pop music that simultanetously skewered and embraced pop culture. This is overtly postmodern music - highly-stylised dead Elvis rock and roll futurepop delivered with a knowing smile and a cynical eye. For all the genre hybridisation, Su Tissue and Vex Billingsgate's competing vocals remain the highlight, archly delivered but rammed with pithy one-liners and sharp observations. You just can't manufacture that kind of personality. Interesting, also, to hear the beginnings of ideas explored much more fully by others years later - Suburban Lawns signed to I.R.S, the label who also introduced R.E.M. to the wider world, and you can certainly hear elements of their wound-up new wave jangle here, not to mention the spoken word delivery on Protection sounding like Algebra Suicide. As necessary as any of their more famous peers. Now, what about a reissue of that Su Tissue solo album?
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