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Jun
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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 97 – CHICO FELLINI

CHICO FELLINI

It’s no secret that we are massive fans of LCD Soundsystem – anyone with working ears and feet that are able to move is surely just as hooked!  Therefore any comparisons to LCD that arrive with a band’s press release consistently have our metaphorical door, better known as the delete button, slammed in their faces.  You will initially spot the LCD familiarity with Chico Fellini’s vocals, provided by Christopher Denison, who yelps and hops like Mr Murphy at his most yelpy and hoppy, dancing over the jerked rattle that builds in layers behind him.  This is particularly evidenced on tracks such as No Strata and even more so with Hot.  If it wasn’t done so well it would likely be dismissed as shameful and unoriginal, but there’s enough edge and style to actually like it.  Sadly the lyrics are a let down, selecting to start nowhere and then wander down an empty street, but it undeniably oozes horn out of every orifice.  When they slow it down to tunes such as Electrolyte and Down Up The Ladder they come across like Beck during a midnight drive, circa Nicotine & Gravy, but they’ve somewhat missed Beck’s point when they removed the magical hip hop and funk.  Move your listening onwards to such tracks as Despite The Mixup and it glams up, falling somewhere between the wailing that’s familiar to us with Muse, The Darkness, or that god-awful Britpop outfit Manson, (remember them? – we hope not).  What is collected together with Chico Fellini is a jumble of some of the most interesting pop artists around, but like a pile of dirty washing it always seems to fall through your arms, losing a lot of the interesting bits on the floor behind.  They plan a year long single release campaign, consisting of twelve singles over twelve months, they attempt to cancel out the need for a an album, somewhat re-writing the method in which bands bring music out.  This is a bold move from the Kentucky four piece and it pairs up well with the attitude of their music, even if it’s bravery is mostly about front than real guts or purpose.  If they manage to focus on their craft long enough and tone down the irrepressible sexual lyrics, then they may just unlock something other than their zippers.  (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       CHICO FELLINI – HOT

Hear them here:        CHICO FELLINI – GIVE IT TO ME

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