When Deap Vally and The Flaming Lips introduced that they have been recording a collaborative album beneath the portmanteau Deap Lips (ugh… we hate that identify a lot), we have been a bit stunned. But each these acts are nothing if not experimental so we have been vastly curious concerning the kind of factor they’d throw collectively.
Indeed, we weren’t anticipating something so ambient from the alt-rock Californian girls of Deap Vally, and the self-titled album Deap Lips definitely leans extra into Flaming Lips territory other than the vocals. But did it go away a lot of an impression?
Home Thru Hell is a good opener. The scuzzy bass, bizarre synths, distorted vocals and suggestion of a bluesy flavour in there feels prefer it’s setting you up for the proper of expertise. That storage rock sound of Deap Vally is mellowed out by the psychedelic Flaming Lips, and its received these surprising results as effectively so you understand there’s going to be an experimental edge all through.
One Thousand Sisters with Aluminum Foil Calculators seems like random filler, nevertheless. There’s nothing improper with it per se; it is a nice sufficient journey hop instrumental, however inexpertly used provided that there aren’t any different instrumental tracks on the album. It kind of feels prefer it should not be there and that it was simply thrown in as a result of all of the layers of manufacturing weren’t including sufficient depth.
The album continues effectively sufficient although with the quick however uplifting dream-pop quantity S**t Talkin and its melodic, breathy vocal; adopted by the acoustic, country-pop vibes of Hope Hell High; and – moderately bizarrely, it must be stated – the punky, riot grrrl-ish monitor Motherf***ers Got to Go. Wandering Witches is one other spotlight. Those hovering synths subsequent to a jazzy rhythm with darker, shoegaze vocals is certainly going to make it to our Halloween playlist this 12 months.
Meanwhile Love is a Mind Control is way too lengthy at seven minutes; the primary half has a monotonous post-punk edge and the latter half falls again into shoegaze territory. It’s inoffensive, nevertheless it’s a bit disjointed and totally forgettable. Plus, the nu disco flavour of Not a Natural Man felt misplaced, other than the deliberate monotonous vocals once more which, at this level, have gotten boring AF.
One factor that I did get pleasure from concerning the album was the uninterrupted, fluid transition between tracks; it gave the album a cohesiveness which will in any other case not have been there and nearly felt like a protest in opposition to the “shuffle” button. To elaborate: There’s an concept within the music world that the idea album is lifeless as a result of the playlist killed it. Certainly, Deap Lips feels just like the sort of album you’ll want to play from begin to end and we like that strategy to music.
But then you might have their Steppenwolf cowl, The Pusher. This would not circulate from earlier monitor Wandering Witches prefer it ought to, and to make issues worse, it is mediocre at greatest. It’s one other 5 minutes of dreamy monotony, like a stripped down model of the unique on an album that’s something however stripped down.
Thankfully, Deap Lips ends on a constructive word. There is Know Right There is Know Wrong brings again to these scuzzy guitars and lazy, breathy vocals. We want there was extra of this on the document. Deap Lips tries to be too many issues directly; you could be experimental with out being an excessive amount of. The Deap Vally ladies are so gifted and versatile in that they will do dreamy, ambient pop, in addition to neo-soul and powerhouse rock vocals, however they can not profit from their versatile fashion on an album like this.
The greatest situation, although, is that they’ve actually overdone it on manufacturing. Even on the album highlights, it is nearly like there is a soiled smudge throughout every monitor; one thing to destroy it whenever you assume you are having fun with a track. There are moments whenever you really feel such as you’re listening to a nasty remix, notably on S**t Talkin and Not a Natural Man.
There’s sufficient on Deap Lips to make it an gratifying album however I am unable to assist however really feel it will likely be pulled aside by listeners, with solely a choose few tracks transferred to our playlists. As a lot as that seems like it might be overlooking the purpose of the document, there are merely one too many tracks that we do not need to hearken to once more.