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Augie March, Moo You Bloody Choir.

Over the weekend I've been listening to Augie March's new album, Moo You Bloody Choir, and I've decided that I quite like it.

The problem, I think, is that it has the wrong title. Moo, You Bloody Choir is actually a title I quite like. It's quirky, odd, memorable. Unfortunately, it also suggests a quirky, odd, off beat album, caught somewhere between punk and self effacing alternate pop, but the album is actually none of these things. It's a gentle, melodic thing, caught somewhere between Art of Fighting's albums and Mercury Rev's latest, Secret Migration. It is true that the lyrics 'moo, you bloody choir', appear within one of the songs, and in 'The Honey Month', they work well--

Beneath the revving of a car
the evensong of the abattoir...

Moo, you bloody choir,
moo and lo, lo and moan.
Moo, you huddled choir,
moo and lo
how the night arrives with a blow.


--But, like I said, as a title for the album, it's not quite right. Maybe 'The Cold Acre' or 'Just Passing Through' would have worked better, been stronger, suggested the album more fully, but who is to say. Still, the album itself, which counts more than any kind of title, is very cool, very chilled, and perfect for those quiet evenings when you need something to drift round you. I've not heard the previous two (?) Augie March albums, but on the strength of this, I think I'll check them out. Still, this I recommend to people, yes I do.

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scarlet_arts
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
Triple J featured that album all last week, and I quite enjoyed it. This confused me, because in the past I have tried with all my might to like Augie March, and failed miserably. They've always reminded me of Art of Fighting, only with more whining, less meaningful lyrics, and directionless chord progressions.

It's funny though, because the people whose musical tastes I most admire are all in on this Augie March secret. I feel like the only kid not invited to the party, y'know?

Cheers Ben, you're way more affordable than a therapist.
benpeek
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
i got hooked on it from triple j last week, too. to be honest, the previous stuff i've heard of their's hasn't thrilled me and i've just kinda ignored it, you know? i figured maybe i was wrong, cause i like this, and i never heard a whole of their albums before. (which makes me reconsider the picking up the earlier stuff.)

anyhow, before this album, i was definately on the what am i missing ship. i just figure i hadn't given them enough time.

i should start charging you. if i can figure out what it is i'm helping you with, i will, with big fat dollar signs ;)
scarlet_arts
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Most of my issues stem from my fear of being exploited.

Can you help?
benpeek
Mar. 20th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
exploit others first.
ataxi
Mar. 20th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
Augie March are awesome. Haven't heard the new one yet (apart from the first single) but the first two are great, particularly #1, Sunset Studies.
benpeek
Mar. 21st, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
cool, thanks.
ex_benpayne119
Mar. 20th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Haven't heard the new album, but Sunset Studies was one of my favorite albums of whatever year it came out in... the second one was good too...

benpeek
Mar. 21st, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
that's two votes for sunset studies...
(Anonymous)
Mar. 30th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Another vote for the back catalogue
I'm not sure why, but I had grave misgivings about the new album and its ability to live up to the previous ones. I love the music, and rarely does a day pass that I don't listen to a few tracks (there's always some Augie March on my Shuffle). I heard the feature tracks on Triple J, and wasn't overly convinced, but in the few days I've had the album I'm entirely turned around!

The new album somehow makes the last two seem two dimensional by comparison - at least for now while the tracks are still becoming familiar. How the guys manage to create this stuff without coming across as pretentious is remarkable :)

Well, anyway, my original point was going to be that the first two albums are well worth the effort - they took me a little while to really get into, but I've never looked back. The early "Waltz" and "Thanks for the Memes" EPs are also worthwhile if you get into the albums, and they're still fairly easy to find.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Augie March
I think Augie March are perhaps the finest thing ever to come out of Aussie pop/rock/indie/alternative whatever scene. They are pretentious, talented in every way - lyrically, voice, melody, istruments - thay have great influences but are so very unique - they are considered and deep. I think it is unfair to pass judgement on any of their albums without having first given them at least ten good listens and though I've only listened to the new one a few times, I know them well enough to know that its is just going to keep unfolding for me, teaching me things, giving me pleasure. There is something of a good novel about their albums - I think you can really learn from them. I dig his view and that he's so driven and that he takes himself so seriously. He bloody well should - he's that good. Most people don't get them, but the ones who do get them real good. So refreshing and important - and I like Art of Fighting but I like Augie a lot more - they're just better. ;)
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