Kiss Me Deadly

    Misty Medley

    6

    Pop
    culture has always been a cyclical, cannibalizing beast, consuming its
    past trends only to regurgitate them upon future generations, but the
    feeding cycle seems to be in overdrive lately. The 1980s have already
    risen from their shallow grave with bands such as Interpol and Franz
    Ferdinand picking up where Joy Division and Duran Duran left off. That
    a decade less than one generation removed is already considered retro
    is frightening enough, but what looms on the horizon is even worse. The
    past few months have seen Serena Maneesh and now Kiss Me Deadly release
    albums steeped in the shoegazer sound. That’s right folks: The first
    wave is upon us. The 1990s are back.

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    Having
    the music of my early adolescence come back into style before I’ve
    quite reached my mid-twenties is stirring up quite the existential
    crisis within me, but I’ll try to stick to the matter at hand. This
    Montreal dream-pop outfit has been making waves after a successful
    American tour with Bloc Party and a well-received tour-only EP, Amoureux Cosmiques.
    You might expect a band exploring such ethereal, cerebral soundscapes
    not to be so goddamned lazy with its song titles – did four songs on
    the album really need to be titled “Pop”? – but don’t let Kiss Me
    Deadly’s apathy for names fool you. The four members of this band know
    how to reel you in on their sophomore full-length, and they aren’t
    afraid to do so.

     

    That
    the album begins with chief vocalist Emily Elizabeth singing “just pull
    the sheets down/ you had me at the door/ Just hike the skirt up/ a
    little more, a little more” with her airy, come-hither delivery shows
    that the band is well aware that sex indeed sells. The song’s lush
    guitar work swelling and rising before finally peaking with Elizabeth
    shrieking orgasmically overtop of it before gently closing probably
    wasn’t an accident either. Blatant? Maybe. Effective? Yes.

     

    Much
    of the rest of the album plays out in similar fashion. The band
    combines Elizabeth’s distinct vocal range with a lush, layered sound to
    create songs spacey enough to justify the album’s cover but danceable
    enough to keep those shoes hard to stare at. The band only seems to
    misfire when Adam Poulin takes over vocal duties. There isn’t anything
    especially unpleasant about his vocals, but next to Elizabeth’s
    show-stealing antics, they come off quite ordinary. As a result, solid
    tracks “Pop” and “Let’s” suffer by comparison.

     

    That said, Misty Medly shows a huge progression from the emo stylings (if you can call them that) of Kiss Me Deadly’s first disc, 2002’s Travel Light. As
    for this opening volley of the 1990s vs. 2.0, I suppose it could be
    worse. As long as I don’t have to wear flannel or listen to Gavin
    Rossdale, I think I’ll be okay.

     


    Kiss Me Deadly Web site

     

    Alien8 Web site

     

    “Dance 4” stream

     

    “Dance 1” MP3 (‘MIsty Medley’)

    “Dance 1” MP3 (‘Amoureux Cosmiques’)

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