Gangpol und Mit - 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club (Music CD)

Release Date: 25 April 2011
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Gangpol & Mit are graphic designers as well as sound artists, with a mischievous, blocky style that stretches to their music. While The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club isn�t quite as ambitious as their last proper album, the monograph/DVD set Faits Divers, it�s still quite a trip. This is the group�s first album released by Ipecac, and they�re a perfect fit for the label�s lighter, more whimsical side, expressed by artists such as Kaada. Like Kaada, as well as simpatico artists such as Tipsy and the Chap, on The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club Gangpol & Mit craft quirky, globetrotting songs. Unlike those groups, though, the duo uses MIDI and live instrumentation for a sound that is intentionally cheap, instantly recognizable, and yet anonymous. Tracks such as �Welcome� and �The 1000 People Band, Pt. 1� are musical cartoons bursting with hyperactive creativity, but they and the rest of the album are too strange and mysterious to be merely cute. �The Enemy I Never Met� is half romantic chamber music, half spy theme, while the excellent �Browse at Night� builds from gamelan-inspired percussion to nocturnal theremins. Every track here is extremely evocative: �The 1000 People Band, Pt. 2�'s breezy faux-Latin pop suggests the Muzak playing in a no-tell motel on Mars, but things take a turn for the sinister on �The Softcore People Club,� where the music�s toy-like quality becomes deeply disturbing when combined with mechanical sexuality, and on the haywire musical contraptions that are �The Burial� and �From Your House to the Universe.� Yet when the softcore tourist sings �I�ll never be lonely again� on �The 1000 People Band, Pt. 3,� it�s revealed that all of these sordid doings were just a search for intimacy. Even without as many visuals as some of Gangpol & Mit's other works, their flair for storytelling makes The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club a fascinating listen for their fans, as well as anyone intrigued by vivid, playful electronic music. ~ Heather Phares
Release Date: 25 April 2011

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