16 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Much like Joakim's previous work, Monsters & Silly Songs is a bewildering mix of straight-up subterranean club bangers (the shifty synths and beat-up BPM of "Drumtrax;" the disco-punk heartbreaker "I Wish You Were Gone") and art-damaged pop (the creepy, clammy Liars 'covers' "Sleep In Hollow Tree" and "Everything Bright and Still;" the paranoid-android drone of "Three Legged Lantern"). In other words, it's the opposite of a disc with diminishing returns — a nonsensical group of songs that frustrates at first but eventually reveals itself as a brilliant cross-breed of Joy Division and deviant dance music. And to make most producers/artists feel even worse, there's this unfortunate fact: Joakim recorded nearly the entire album from scratch with a live "ectoplasmic band" after a broken hard drive wiped his original solo sessions clean. Now that's talent.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Much like Joakim's previous work, Monsters & Silly Songs is a bewildering mix of straight-up subterranean club bangers (the shifty synths and beat-up BPM of "Drumtrax;" the disco-punk heartbreaker "I Wish You Were Gone") and art-damaged pop (the creepy, clammy Liars 'covers' "Sleep In Hollow Tree" and "Everything Bright and Still;" the paranoid-android drone of "Three Legged Lantern"). In other words, it's the opposite of a disc with diminishing returns — a nonsensical group of songs that frustrates at first but eventually reveals itself as a brilliant cross-breed of Joy Division and deviant dance music. And to make most producers/artists feel even worse, there's this unfortunate fact: Joakim recorded nearly the entire album from scratch with a live "ectoplasmic band" after a broken hard drive wiped his original solo sessions clean. Now that's talent.

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