The band’s new album doesn’t sound very close to where they left off. In the many years since 1965, frontman Greg Dulli has been busy with other projects. Do the to Beast sounds like that work, particularly the Twilight Singers, has seeped in, and even saturated. The guitars have fewer melodies in the forefront and are instead thickly layered and entangled, to no less powerful effect. Album opener “Parked Outside” might be the closest the band gets to the old sound.
“It’s album time. It’s album time,” men chant in hushed tones during the intro track of Todd Terje’s first LP.
It sets the tone for what follows. The disco producer even went ahead and called the thing It’s Album Time. The album art is a bright and schmaltzy caricature of a man and several tropical drinks at a piano (perhaps a wink to one of his songs being called “background music at a beach bar” by a radio station’s music director). The message: “Let’s have some fun.” This record toes that line between madness and brilliance. Terje hasn’t gotten bogged down in trying to make Important dance music. What’s come of that is playful and different.