Ephemeral Style  

25bif33strm 44M/36F
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8/3/2005 10:24 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Ephemeral Style

33 M writes;

O Green World -- Gorillaz is a phat track and it's got the whole 60's surf punk flowing over my speakers.

This album is not new but I can't stop listening to it. If you know of another band that is at all like the Gorillaz... shout.

The Gorillaz may have started their own blend of what they term, Ephemeral Style, and nobody can debate that their mixing isn't fast and quick (which is literal to the word ephemeral), but most folks do not know who really did start that expressive frame. Ephemeral Style is an oxymoron, in the sense that it's brief style, but style is normally expressed over time... so you get it. And it truly does encapsulate the Gorillaz right now.

Hopefully they won't frig it up on their next album by doing something new again. They should push the limits of this new medium.

Getting back to the main point of this entry.

Back in the mid nineties a band named Mr. Bungle ripped an ephemeral style that was like an acid trip from hell -- complete with clowns, slayeresque guitar riffs and a madman hanging upside down from a rope singing a sweet balad about how his teeth got stuck in a car door. Who else would go to that place other than Mike Patton!?

Mike Patton of Faith No More started Mr Bungle, before he hit it big with FNM. Metal, Polka, Jazz, Acid Rock... Bungle hits many keys in rapid succession, twisting and turning -- flipping the switch in a frantic pace that is intoxicating, breathtaking, and certainly at least as nauseating as Rob Zombie's new movie. Nausea that is cut with divine elation could be close to what Marlowe's Faust termed as sacred, forbidden, bliss.

Patton ripped it hard back then. Now he's off to the Fantomas that cut the changes a little slower but there is still a link. Trevor Dunn from Bungle is on that project -- on bass -- and it's an upgrade in many ways from the often garage/bedroom/basement insanity of the old Bungle.

The Gorillaz pattern their mixing style, especially with their latest album, almost perfectly after Bungle's insanity, but with limiters and sexual beats that haunt and pull the demons out of you who only want to party. The demons from Gorillaz' Demon Days album only want to party; they don't want to freak you out unless it's a good freak out.

They (perhaps the Demons themselves) add a new fusion that leaves the hard-hitting Bungle in the dust, like an old museum caked with cobwebs and prowled by ghosts. Gorillaz use the structure of Bungle to deliver new music, but it's not in a new way -- it's just a remix of a better genre for sexuality. , Diabloeque, Hash House, Pop, Breaks... it's all there and the Demon Days are certainly upon us as we cry.

You've all heard of Feel Good Inc, and you can blame Apple Ipod for that. You may fail to realize that the rest of the album is equally as good if not better.

People who like , generally people who have little or no culture other than club-culture, are getting some culture with the Gorillaz. If you want to do a litmus test on yourself to see if you have any culture, simply ask yourself if you wouldn't love to hear a r'Opera (that would be me coining the phrase -OPERA -- ephemeral ya) done with P Diddy and a certain Canadian pianist singer/songwriter who has flowing red hair and a spicy demeanour that clings to her powerful vocals. You know who.

If your answer is NO, you have no culture. If your answer is FUCK YEAH MAN! Then you certainly should be proud of yourself.


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