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Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde
Monday, June 01 2009 @ 03:00 AM PDT
Contributed by: Jack The Ripper

Plutonium Blonde

Artist: Legendary Pink Dots Netherlands

Title: Plutonium Blonde

Label: ROIR United States

Genre: Ambient / Tribal / Synth pop / Psych rock

Track Listing:


01 Torchsong
02 Rainbows too?
03 A world with no mirrors?
04 My first zonee
05 Faded photograph
06 An arm and a leg
07 Mailman
08 Oceans blue
09 Savannah red
10 Cubic Caesar

When I originally read that LPD declared on their webpage that this work would be their more accessible from their whole career, immediately it meant some pop association in my mind. Softening their crazyness? Introducing amusing vulgarities for the masse? Coarse bubble gum rhythms? Stepping away from their evocative aural dynamics? Finally everything up to LPD going mainstream? No fucking way! How can that be? This is the beginning of the end I thought, apocalypse is truly coming, more over considering now that most classic electronica/industrial/whatever extremists are going mainstream, this didn’t seem to be so weird anyway as seen from such perspective. Nevertheless, my obfuscation resulted futile in the end and even a bit comic. If “Plutonium blonde” is their more “accessible” work then soon Nurse with wound will be playing on the radio along with them!

Of course this will never happen. This is a joke, “Plutonium blonde” is far from being accessible for most people, LPD continues their progressive escalade through murky psychedelic terrains, as usual prone to suffice the mind of the listener with viscous aural elixirs to provoke surreal landscapes and irredeemable onirical trances, highly progressive as has always been, commencing with  rather minimal constructions to end in ultra complex dynamics filled with a myriad of bizarre effects and sounds.

It’s been a long journey, by looking at the pictures from Kaspel and the rest of the crew one is certain that entropy has worked its effect on them, surprisingly their music remains incredible fresh and proactive, truly preserving the spirit of what LPD has been for decades. How can it be that their music never decays? That there is always something inside their works that surprise the ear? That even though their bizarre thematic is somehow predictable, their aural discoveries are always outstanding and mind blowing? How can you remain being so weird and at the same time so musically tasty and creative? I think the answer lies in a psychological perspective. Their music digs deep in the unconscious, in the shadow of our self. The torrent of ideas that lies within are practically infinite, the possible combinations are always at hand ready to be formed through aural manifestations with the uncanny effects they have always been addicted to provoke on the listener. Their vocation for experimentation is untouched, they continue to be an experimental outfit after 30 years and that’s their ultimate victory.

With the highly praised previous album “Your children placate you from premature graves” LPD evidently took a variant, so in a sense it is true that they are getting more “accessible”. The previous album saw them heading north towards more melodic pop structures without becoming too mad in psychedelic escapades. “Plutonium blonde” actually takes where the previous leave, but this time its meaner and more savage in psychedelics and take a bundle of exotic styles to complicate things a bit more. From the tribal-industrial rhythms on the aperture song “Torchsong” to the progressive psychedelic synth pop offspring on “Rainbows too?” to the folky pastoral full of spiritual pathos and colourful visuals on “A world with no mirrors” to the scatterbrained happiest melodic synth pop aberration of “My first zonee” to the highly trance inducing, ghostly melancholic ambient piece “Faded photograph” to the ultra experimental psychedelic cinematic progression on “An arm and a leg” to the simple sweet banjo performance filled with a childish tune and psychedelic like carousel trip to the spacey and introspective “Oceanic blue” to then again more exotic jungle tribalisms and animalist sonorities on “Savannah red”  to finally end with a mysterious psych rock-electro hybrid that reminds us their sideproject Tear garden. “Accesible”? yeah, certainly, with your head open op by a surgeon or high as a rabbit on mushrooms but never for the common clerk citizen. This is no easy listening, nor pop. It is diversion but with a sharpy edge as usual with all the surreal aural encounters with LPD.

So why they said that this album was accessible? The only merit I found for such declaration is perhaps the induction of a subtle pop logic, but this is entirely taken on their advantage, a distorted and utterly bizarre pop adaptation that only LPD could do. A concoction that certainly will never be “polite” or even remotely “normal” for the mainstream and not even for the snobs that flourishes in the mud from the underground soil. LPD continues seated on their reputation as one of the most original and bizarre bands ever touching the face of this planet, daring to experiment with new fragments from their highly and vast psychedelic alchemy, preserving their uncanny progressiveness and at the same time going as far as reaching pop fragrances to twist them in the form that could be adapted to their own sound and aesthetic, that is a triumph! That is a kick in the head of mainstream pop, which is an ultimate victory for music. It’s an ultimate invention for the vast toyshop arsenal from LPD. Ever morphing surreal pop! Highly recommended!

     


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