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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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

biscuit the dog ,

I Love This

This is a really interesting album and it took me by surprise after hearing the 2 singles I Wish and Drumtrax. They were good singles but not awesome as singles (except the dub version of I Wish). Here as part of a quite strange album they work really well. Just when I thought The Knife's album had raised the bar too high for me to really like another electronic artist album, along comes this. It has bits of melancholy, pop, dance and gets filled up with strange noises and almost ambient pieces. Love it. Love the cover too. (drawn by Joakim). Check out his interwview at the !k7 website for more insight.

renzoinabenzo ,

Amazing album!

Futuristic music available now!

Redford ,

Trying Too Hard

Joakim has dropped some of the phattest house tracks of the past few years (check "I wish you were gone"). Unfortunately, it seems to have gone to his head, and now he thinks he's a songwriter or something. Avante garde does NOT equal listenable, as many tracks on here show. A bummer, really.

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