Salon de la Guerre still seems to going strong after eight albums. His latest Roses Don't Push The Car Home is another album that is too hard to define with one genre. You could make an argument for experimental which does makes sense but even labeling it with experimental feels like it’s limiting what he is doing here. With music like this using broad strokes to describe it isn’t going to go well. Scrupulous scrutiny of the music is what makes the most sense.
He starts off with “Fast Food Colony” and thirty seconds in I thought he was going conventional. All things considered it felt like one of the more straightforward songs. It’s not a bad start but I have to admit I was more intrigued by some of the songs that followed.
The very next song “The Plight of the Millionaire Shoplifter” is the kind of genre-less type of music by him that I have came to really admire. I think a banjo is in there, guitar, drums, bass and more. It sounds dissonant and melodic all at once as white noise from the guitars hides behind the bright strings. This song might be genius but who am I to say.
Up next is “Surf and Turf” which turns into utter mayhem only to come back around again. “Evangeline” contains everything from distorted guitars to orchestral synth samples. The song is oddly catchy after about the fourth time you listen to it.
“Your Blues Ain't My Blues” does in fact sound a bit bluesy in it’s own kind of way. It also happens to have one of the best vocal performances on the album. Loved the drums on this track. The group The Books came to mind on the track “The Patron Saint of Cop Shows” while “Value” seems to have some kind of filter on the entire song which took away a good chunk of the low-end.
“The Last Thing We Said To Space” is a bit cosmic and disorienting. He closes with “Cross The Equator” which left me spinning in circles.
Love it or hate it Salon de la Guerre does his own thing. You have to respect that. He has his own unique way of approaching music and that definitely is not something you can say about a lot of musicians.
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