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New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
|New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom|
August 28, 2007
Formed in 2004, New Young Pony Club unloaded a slew of singles upon the world in their first three years as a band. Though few tracks saw a proper release on record, various tunes proliferated throughout the Internet via the blogging community. Now the Londoners look to translate such web success into traditional prosperity with the release of their debut full-length, Fantastic Playroom.
The band fits nicely in the absurd new rave subgenre in that their songs inspire dance frenzies like those of like-minded acts Hadouken! and Klaxons. This becomes quite clear from the outset of the album, as “Get Lucky” opens with staggered guitars and dinky percussion meticulously placed in order to induce maximal body movement. “Hiding on the Staircase” follows suit with its funky tribal beat, whereas “Ice Cream” offers up a minimal instrumental that proves just enough to get the proverbial party started. “The Bomb” speeds things up only for “Jerk Me” to slow it back down. And so goes the rest of the album; each song deserves mention for its remarkably infectious nature. Luckily, tempo changes such as that outlined above keep the disc fresh despite its prevalent drive to initiate cavorting.
When rare moments arise and the instrumental creations of New Young Pony Club fail to impress, the vocal work of front woman Tahita Bulmer intrigues. Throughout the album she carries a distinct hipster mentality that serves either to invigorate or irritate fans. At times, as on “Ice Cream,” Ty sounds distant and detached in her borderline indifferent state. However, on tracks such as “Hiding on the Staircase,” Bulmer seems up close and personal despite her still near impartiality. Thus the absurdly self-sure cool tone of Tahita’s voice either thrills or annoys. And, as one expects, her vocal triumphs allow for enjoyable tracks whereas her flops lead to less interesting songs.
Ultimately the amount one enjoys Fantastic Playroom boils down to their attention span and tolerance for such hipster jams. Though each ditty pushes fans to jive to the beat, the one-dimensional nature of the CD threatens to bore listeners. Although the band brings multiple weapons to the table, many tracks begin to sound very much alike to the casual passerby. Simple mixing from one song to the next seems a logical addition to such an album, but it proves puzzlingly absent here. This allows momentum to die in between tunes, thus pushing listeners to lose focus on the record. Those less fond of chic approaches like that of New Young Pony Club tire of the release during these interludes. However, more devout fans power through each interrupting periods and frolic alongside each of the ten hits present.
In a rising electronic music age obsessed with coolness, New Young Pony Club outshines the competition both in terms of music and image. With any luck, this will soon lead to stellar sales for the blossoming U.K. stars.
09:41 AM on 08/20/07
Good review. I've really only listened to "The Bomb". but I think I may pick this up.
03:22 PM on 08/20/07
Great review. Really good band if you haven't - you should definately check them out. They can actually put on a good live show too unlike the Klaxons who are dire.
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