Hip-ometer Rating ~ 8.9
Xero G - "Are You Weightless" I got this solely on the strength of lead vocalist Victoria Angells voice, which reminded me of the sound of Alex Thompson of the Shop Assistants/Motorcycle Boy, whom I love. The opening track, Run also has all the bittersweet angst of an english band of that period. (think a techno driven Siddeleys) I think that's actually a fair evaluation of this disc as a whole, as it has a sort of odd sadness about it, even though it is a decidedly techno affair. An upbeat melancholy as opposed to a depressing one, so perhaps we'll call this genre "Stargazer" instead of "Shoegazer." (Remember, you heard it here first) Some of the songs get into an industrial grunge sort of vibe which appeals to me less, especially as it does not mate well to her voice I think. But even at that, I like her voice so much it doesn't effect my liking the songs, although I'd like it more were it not industrial. The biggest flaw it does have is the melodies become too trite and repetetive. That leaves us with a really good instead of a really great record, which is OK, but I still sort of lament what this could have been. The record quality is not what one would expect from a techno lp either as it comes across slightly lo fi. Still, there is a lot to like here and I do recommend you check it out, especially if you are fond of the Motorcycle Boy.
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Label ~ 9th Wave, 13 Tracks, 2002