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Thursday, August 7, 2003

Review - Someone Else's Party

Artist: The Durutti Column

Posted on Thu, Aug 7, 2003 at 4:00 AM

The earliest albums from The Durutti Column were released on Factory Records in the giddy, post-punk heyday. But even given the era's anything-goes attitude toward sonic experimentation (and especially Factory's penchant for pop obscurantism), the sounds Vini Reilly created as The Durutti Column were bold to the point of confusion. Elegantly atmospheric and deceptively fragile-sounding, Reilly piled distorted, echoplexed guitars on top of distorted, echoplexed guitars, utilized rudimentary sampling and electronic percussion, and basically made music that sounded like lounge music for the deeply disturbed. More than 20 years later, Reilly is still defying expectations and "Someone Else's Party" easily exemplifies his solitary and idiosyncratic style. Between sampling that creepy song from the "Silencio" scene in "Mulholland Drive" (on "Spanish Lament") and using a book for a bass drum on "Spasmic Fairy," Reilly maintains a hazy distance between songcraft and soul-purging. Nothing is exciting, yet none of it is boring either. Early DC albums glided by on a foppish sheen of cracked beauty; time accentuated not only the beauty but also the cracks.

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