Six Cups of Rebel
Six Cups of Rebel sees Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm ditching the long, drawn-out grooves of Where You Go I Go Too and the more modern characteristics of Real Life Is No Cool for a blend of Balearic jazz-disco that, at times, evokes the synth-heavy side of '70s Zappa ("Call Me Anytime"). Lindstrøm's cosmic fusion of synthesized and organic sounds accompanies the producer's vocals for the first time, despite his assertion that he's "no vocalist." Simple lyrical phrases dominate the album, most notably in the falsetto mantra of "Magik," in which Lindstrøm asks, "What kind of magic do you do?" and the repeating assertions of "All I Want is a Quiet Place to Live." While the album clocks in at only seven tracks, each work is a delicate distribution of arpeggios and quirky vocal experiments, which, at times, are reminiscent of fellow Smalltown Supersounders Mungolian Jet Set. Six Cups is a "fun" record, sounding less serious in melody and experimentation than Lindstrøm's previous work, but it was undoubtedly crafted with the intentions of being taken equally seriously.
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