Psapp The Camel's Back

Psapp The Camel's Back
In the age of "here today, gone tomorrow" electronics, the release of The Camel's Back, the third LP from London, UK toytronica outfit Psapp (yes, they mostly use toy instruments to create their sounds), roughly places the duo in the class of elder statesmen. This time around, Galia Durant and Carim Clasmann load their record with a world of focused compositions, none of which are terribly exciting, just focused. On songs like "Somewhere There Is A Record Of Our Actions" and "Mister Ant," Miss Durant conjures up a cocktail of Lily Allen-style giddiness and the Fiery Furnaces faux neurotics, but only if you are fishing for comparisons. Despite their furious attempts to sound quirky, The Camel's Back simply drifts by, devoid of dynamics or drama, keeping only the less world-weary audiophile interested. Artists such as Juana Molina and Imogen Heap have done eccentric post-trip-hop better than Psapp have on The Camel's Back. Hell, Psapp have done eccentric post-trip-hop better than Psapp have on The Camel's Back. (Domino)