My girlfriend brought me the Pets With Pets album, excellently titled Saturday Aquatic Pixie Acid, home from Australia. Even for someone with my tastes, it’s a pretty freaky listen but an amazing achievement - outlandish, beautiful and bewildering all in one go.
Neu! were frequently cited when discussing their earlier work, notably on 2008 single, We Only Found This Place, but Pets With Pets are as strange and idiosyncratic in their own right and their live shows so ferocious, to avoid being unfairly pegged as adulators. The influence of German experimental music is still apparent here though, from the audacious Kraut-groove of fifteen minute opener, Saturday I Died to the most Rother and Dinger-indebted track on the album, Pixie Child. But SAPA rides the same ‘It’s everything time’ wave as the new Gang Gang Dance album - mashing up sounds from sources as disparate as Spaceman 3, Sunburned Hand of the Man and many of the Nuggets bands.
The result is a strangely affecting and ambitious album, harnessed by Jono’s awesome motorik drumming and Zayd’s primordial caterwaul. The six tracks here are as oddly beautiful, enthrallingly sinister and confidently aberrant as you are likely to hear this or any other year. After years of being viewed by many as hirsute purveyors of all things willfully wrong-ended and anomalous - on Saturday Aquatic Pixie Acid, they have proven this to be absolutely true - and much more than that.
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