Low Res Blue Ramen Review

BBC Review

The second album from Low Res (following the debut Approximate Love Boat) pitches...

Colin Buttimer 2002

Avowedly synthetic / cheesy neo-organ sounds, noise / fluffed chords /upward-bubbling 50s chords; if this is a group they're not listening to each other...well, that's the first minute for you.

Tinkling synthi-piano notes,determinedly chemical bass; for a moment I'm reminded of a busied-up version of the final tracks on Landscape's first album. The 'syntheticness' is almost teeth-grating, like the static electric shocks you get from putting on a nylon jumper.

"!Baila Mami! (Parts 1 & 2)" throws Paul Schutze at a near-bossa rhythm to see what sticks, then collides it with some big band samples resulting in an aural car crash...damn, but there went the kind of guitar synthesizer sound Pat Metheny employed on Offramp; this is fun!

By the third track ("Blue Ramen #3"), I'm feeling distinctly queasy - why did I drink so much? I should know by now - but wait a moment I haven't touched a drop: it's those big clumsy organ chords, the electric piano, the muffled bongos. I'm glad it's over quickly otherwise I'd be dashing for the nearest sink.

Track 5 - "Chalky". Chalky? Like the taste of Milk of Magnesia? I feel the heartburn coming on already. "Chalky" feels like spending time becalmed in an oleaginous ocean, noxious gas clouds occasionally swirling round in the dim light.

Blue Ramen is music for bars on the edges of tanker depots, for all those Airfix kits melted by your big brother and his matches, for all those fans of David Lynch who also happen to have a soft spot for Billy Jenkins, Squarepusher or Four Tet.It's fake jazz, like a counterfeit Gucci watch - bad, where bad means not good for you, choc-full of E numbers, E102, E1194, E1831, E994a, E37 - those are the ones on the pot noodle I'm munching, for starters. And if you're going off to the kitchen cupboard to check whether I've quoted the correct chemical constituents, go out and order this album, it might be for you.

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