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Music For The Lizard Brain: Ty Bulmer Of NYPC's Favourite Albums
Ben Hewitt , October 8th, 2013 06:41

With their new album out yesterday, the band's singer-songwriter picks out her own top long-players

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It’s a really fun record. It came out of that whole ZE Records stable, and I think everything that came out ZE Records is amazing. I think it has all the main qualities of a good NYPC record: that slight arch cleverness, the plethora of different influences which is obviously about August Darnell being a bit of a magpie, but mainly it’s just really bright and fun. It seems to inhabit a world we’ve lost now. Everything’s so po-faced and serious, even in pop music: it’s all about work and the grindstone, having to release 57 albums in the next two years before your fans move onto the next artist. Pop music can have a sense of humour, and that doesn’t make you laughable. ‘Stool Pigeon’ and ‘Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy’ are great, but once you delve into the record, there’s also songs which have more depth like ‘Loving You Made A Fool Of Me’ and ‘The Love We Have’, and I always feel like that makes for a perfect pop album. You want the singles to be big and fun, but you also want there to be loads of depth so there’s longevity and you keep on going back to it. This is the perfect example of it.


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julio
Oct 10, 2013 8:02pm

it's interesting a feminine perspective on albums so known for being 'only for men'... but i disagree on her take on nico: even her later work - who i don't deny trades heavely in her reputation as 'goth godmother'- always was more an issue of art than of commerce. and nobody can deny 'camera obscura' as one of nico's greatest achievements.

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