Sebastien Tellier My God is Blue Review

French new wave act Sebastien Tellier brings his lounge sound to his latest album, My God is Blue.
Sebastien Tellier My God is Blue

I’m not sure what exactly to say about My God is Blue. Tellier’s previous album, Sexuality, was produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and it sounded that way. Sexuality had more synthesizers, a poppy sound, and some really catch songs that I still listen to.
The lack of a Daft Punk influence on My God is Blue is apparent. The songs tend to sound like mix of bad disco ballads, with acoustical solos, chimes, a voice choir, wind instruments, wailing guitars, and other cringe-worthy cliches from the 70s and 80s.

I struggled to get through the entirety of My God is Blue several times. It is bad lounge electronica at its worst. This may be Tellier’s attempt to be kitschy, but I found it rather dull. I prefer to spend my time enjoying the music I listen to, not being “ironic.”

Tellier’s work is often hyper-sexualized to the point of amusement. I kind of love him for it. Imagine the least sexy guy you can think of in leather pants who thinks he’s the hottest thing any woman has ever seen, rolling around orgies filled with hot chicks. Check out the videos below to get an idea of what I’m talking about. Be warned, “Coconh Ville” is not safe for work.

Verdict: Find something else to listen to! The album, as a whole, is kind of boring. If you’re interested in Sebastien Tellier’s work (which is usually pretty enjoyable), I recommend checking out the album Sexuality. That album is actually quite enjoyable.

Stand out track: “Cochon Ville”

Videos from My God is Blue

Sebastien Tellier
“Pepito Bleu”
My God is Blue

Sebastien Tellier
“Cochon Ville”
My God is Blue

Orbital Wonky Review

British techno house legends Orbital are back with Wonky, their first album since they went on hiatus in 2004.

Orbital Wonky

If you are wondering who Orbital is and you are approximately 30 years old, you were probably introduced to them while watching the movie Hackers. Hackers will forever be known as the movie that Angelina Jolie appeared naked in and for the song “Halcyon and On and On.” In my opinion, this song is way better than Angelina Jolie appearing naked. Angelina “Please eat a cheeseburger” Jolie has always looked like she was one pound above being dead from starvation, but we’re not here to discuss anorexia in Hollywood. “Halcyon,” and the extended version on the Hackers soundtrack, remains one of my favorite tracks of all time. It is responsible for turning me on to electronic music, and probably scores of other people. So I was pretty excited to learn Orbital was producing a new album.

Orbital was always leagues above the “uhn-tiss” sound often used to describe techno music. They incorporated samples and melodies as additional layers to create a much fuller, complex sound that progressively changes through the song so that nothing ever feels dull or repetitive.Wonky gives you the same feeling. Its sound reminds me of the songs they were producing in the mid 90s. I had a hard time figuring out if this was a good thing or not. A lot has changed since the 90s in the music world. A lot of tracks on Wonky felt like b-sides from Orbital’s popular albums. While I enjoyed what I heard, nothing really jumped out at me the way “Halcyon” did 10+ years ago.

What I did hear were some attempts to recreate previous success. “New France” seems to imitate “Halcyon” by attempting to infuse the song with powerful vocals. “Halcyon” did this to a great degree of success with a sample of then popular Kristy Hankshaw; “New France” does this with the amazing Zola Jesus. And Zola Jesus can sing – probably better than Kristy Hankshaw. “New France” sounds great, but it doesn’t match up to the classic that is “Halcyon.” The track, despite all its strengths, just doesn’t come together like previous Orbital songs.

And that’s how I felt about Wonky in general. A lot of the tracks are enjoyable, but they are missing whatever that thing is that makes a song truly great. A lot of the tracks feel like echos of the past, trying to be something they just are not. It’s like everything is just shy of being amazing, but the missing element is something that one must stumble across by accident.

Despite this, you should not dismiss Wonky entirely. It’s hard to compare recent Orbital material to their past work, which is considered classic in the techno genre. For Orbital fans and people that have been disappointed by recent techno acts, Wonky is worth your time. Just know you won’t be blown away.

Party goer opinions

Adam: “It sounds like elevator music, if it were in a video game.”

Tim: “Sounds like a ‘Hackers 2′ soundtrack.

Verdict: Wonky is not for everyone. Definitely check it out if you liked past Orbital work or want to reminisce about the rave scene in the 90s.

Stand out tracks: “Never”, “New France.”

Videos from the Wonky

Orbital
“New France” featuring Zola Jesus
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Orbital
“Wonky” featuring Lady Leshurr
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Orbital
“Sun Straight”
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Orbital
“Never”
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Miike Snow Happy To You Review

Miike Snow’s second album, Happy To You, is much slower than their first release. While not completely barren of radio-friendly tracks, the Swedish trio delivers fewer dance-floor friendly hits this time around.

Miike Snow - Happy To You

I loved Miike Snow’s first, eponymously-named album. My expectations for Happy To You were very high. And I was a little let down. Gone are the dance tunes of the first album. While some of the tracks on Happy To You are catchy, their slow tempo doesn’t make you want to run out to the dance floor. Unfortunately, the dance tracks of the first album were what made it enjoyable. You still get the familiar electropop styling of Miike Snow, but it’s missing the energy of the previous album.

The slower pace of Happy To You isn’t all bad. You’re still getting Miike Snow’s synth heavy indie rock with solid vocals. Most of the tracks are somewhat relaxing to listen to. Nothing on the album compels you to skip over a song, but they don’t do anything to draw you in either. [Note: the Dutch version of the album contains several remixes. The repetitiveness of those tracks actually does get on my nerves.]

If you’re wondering about the content of Miike Snow’s songs, don’t bother analyzing the lyrics. Like many other electropop acts, your focus is meant to be on the sound and not the lyrics. The content borders on being entirely meaningless. Just try to relax your brain and enjoy the beat.

There are a few bright spots on the album. “Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)” and “The Wave” are really enjoyable. These two songs are the closest thing you are going to get to the dance tracks of the previous album. Everything else is rather ho-hum.

Verdict: Miike Snow gets a B- for Happy To You. My recommendation is to listen to the standout tracks. If you like them, give the album a shot.

If you aren’t familiar with Miike Snow, I highly recommend their first album.

Standout Tracks: “Bavarian #1 (Say You Will),” “The Wave”

Videos from Happy To You

Miike Snow
“Paddling Out”
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Miike Snow
“The Wave”
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