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Black Lines on Red Pages



The new Eskimo Joe album, Black Fingernails, Red Wine is proving, on the first couple of spins, to be an okay thing. Very listenable. It's the first Eskimo Joe album I've actually bought, so I can't say how it plays against the previous ones, but it feels like a mature, seasoned thing. However, what actually convinced me to buy it was the cover art, which just kept drawing me in every time I saw it.



The album art is done by Dane Lovett, who might be, from the information on his website, based in Queensland somewhere. Queensland's a big place, so there's no real idea where he is, but what I attracts me to his work here is the almost emptiness of the faces, and the thick heavy colouring with the detailed line work around the features of a face. It has been a long time since I was asked to express anything about an artists work with coherence, so I reckon I'm better just better linking some of the images, and letting them speak.



His website is here.

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speshal_k
Jun. 28th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
v. cool images
ex_benpayne119
Jun. 28th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Eskimo Joe are one of those bands who sound like they've improved a lot over the years... I've never bought one of their albums, but I've been tempted with the last two...

benpeek
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
i think you'd dig them, really. they're running that art of fighting, mercury rev line, just a bit more commercially acceptable, you know? very easy to listen too.

the new bluebottle kiss album sounds superb, btw. first spin though.
ataxi
Jun. 28th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Eskimo Joe are totally M.O.R., they moved from intelligence-insulting teen pop to ultra-easy-listening commercial fodder. That said they're very listenable.

This guy's artwork reminds me of Francis Bacon a bit. It's the mixture of grey, white and red and the subject matter.
benpeek
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
MOR?
ataxi
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Middle of the road.
benpeek
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
oh, right. anyhow: yeah, they are pretty middle of the road, but there's nothing wrong with a bit of that every now and then, and i'd rather pay for them than say, coldplay.
ataxi
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
De gustibus, don't make a fuss.

If Coldplay only knew how they suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous bloggers nowadays, they'd probably fade to a paler shade of grey.
benpeek
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
heh. i don't mind coldplay. they really don't make me like or dislike them.
ataxi
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
They're inoffensive. They're progressively getting worse, though.
crookfactory
Jun. 29th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
Very true. That is why I opted to skip their Sydney shows. Mind you, I don't think they'll miss my money...

But yeah, the Joes have gone from leaps to bounds with each album. I've just bought "Black Fingernails..." but haven't listened to it. But, if memory from their warm up shows and the single is any indicator, they've made a comparitively bold shift in their sound which really works.

I'd suggest you go catch their August shows. They do well live.
benpeek
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
I'd suggest you go catch their August shows. They do well live.

yeah, that might be worth doing. i'm off to see clap your hands say yeah at the end of july--they're playing live gigs in home now, which was a bit surprising to learn.
ataxi
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
Eh, maybe. I've heard "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" a few times and it nevers sounds much better than an INXS retread to me. Coming from Perth I got sick of Eskimo Joe fairly early in life.
benpeek
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
INXS?

i dunno if i'd go that way. i think more coldplay/starsailor, brit pop kind of fashion.
ataxi
Jun. 29th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Interesting, because I think intoning "down ... straight down" interspersed with whoa-ohs is pure INXS. Together with the gauzy production values.
benpeek
Jun. 29th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
i always found INXS somewhat unlistenable, it must be said, so i can't say much there. but if i had to pick the comparison it'd be starsailor. but to each their own for comparisons, yeah?
ataxi
Jun. 29th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
De comparisonibus non est disputandum.
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