DAAU - We Need New Animals (1998)

DAAU - We Need New Animals (1998)

Artist: DAAU
Title: We Need New Animals
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Sony Classical
Genre: Rock, Jazz, Electronic, Folk
Quality: 320 / FLAC (tracks.cue.log)
Total Time: 48:07
Total Size: 110 / 273 Mb

1. No Rule. 4:36
2. Hot Shades (My Medina). 5:17
3. Nix. 2:29
4. Broken. 4:52
5. Gin & Tonic. 6:39
6. Oliphant. 3:20
7. Waltz Delire. 3:28
8. Traag. 4:23
9. Dip 'N Dodge. 5:03
10. Lady Delay. 2:49
11. Lost Souls. 5:11
Folk-rock is hardly a new departure. Daau don’t so much remake the concept as pursue an intriguing and enjoyable byway between its respective genres. The opening track, No Rule, makes the most of their compact but distinctive line-up, their liking for ostinato patterns and not-quite-literal repetition. On several occasions, I was reminded of the similarly offhand but vibrant instrumentals which the late lamented Camper Van Beethoven used to include liberally on their albums: music from an East European 1960s disco scene that never existed. Yet numbers such as Gin & Tonic, with its eerie accordion backdrop, and Waltz Delire, its primitive gait more suited to the campfire than the ballroom, have a conviction and purpose beyond the endearing or eccentric. Traag is a texture composition, tense and claustrophobic. Oliphant features one of several jagged guitar contributions from David Bovee.
Of the two vocal tracks, Broken sets An Pierle’s fragile, breathy voice in effective relief against a sultry, unsettling atmosphere. Dip ’n’ Dodge is a slow reggae number and the most obviously commercial item, although Angelique Wilkie’s attractively understated vocals hardly suggest hit potential. Lost Souls closes the disc on a valedictory note, halting accordion and lachrymose cello evoking a mood of remembrance, before the regretful fade-out. Tongue in cheek, or hinting at something deeper? “We Need New Animals” is an engaging album, giving Daau a range of stylistic options on the course they have taken.

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