Go Ask Alice – Perfection is terrible
Go Ask Alice’s “Perfection is terrible” nicely draws from a retro-futuristic tradition. Reminiscent of Stereolab’s impressive crate digging, the songs possess a charming tenderness. Melodies glisten with great vibrancy, perfectly embodying a hope of sorts. Rhythms have a physicality to them while they utilize driving, nearly physical in their temperament. Stylistically Go Ask Alice runs an impressive gamut from 60s psychedelic rock to post-rock, letting all of these influences converge in a satisfying way. Without saying a single word, a journey unfolds over the course of the album one which emphasizes the journey.
A gentle lullaby introduces the album with the blissful world of “Intro”. Underneath all the shimmering textures a bass line rumbles almost bursting with tension. On “Loud” the album starts in earnest with a mellowed groove taking control while the piece becomes ever more spacious and majestic. Electro elements emerge on the economical style of “Close to the river”. Building up quite nicely “The Shout” delves further and further into post-rock scenarios letting the crescendo wash over the entirety. Tactile percussion works wonders on the mysterious atmosphere of “Section Three”. Nearly quiet at first the contemplative “Nova” comes together in a dazzling display of color. Easily the highlight of the album the playful “Morning” dazzles with its intricate patterns, one nicely layered on top of the other. Reflective to its very core the “Nothing to be sad” ends the album with grace.
With “Perfection is terrible” Go Ask Alice crafts a timeless, infinitely tasteful world.