Sunday, 21 June 2015

NEON NEON



























"praxis makes perfect"
Year:    2013
Country:    UK , US
City:     Cardiff , Los Angeles
Label:    Lex Records
Format:    CD + EP
Tracks:    10  + 4
Time:    32 min.
Genre:     electronic
Style:          SynthPop











NEON NEON is a collaboration between the artists Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys. They first worked together on Boom Bip’s Blue Eyed in the Red Room album, released in 2005. Their debut album, Stainless Style was released on March 18th, 2008 through Lex Records. Their first single "Trick for Treat" is also out, and can be heard on their myspace page. The album “Stainless Style” was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize and this second "Praxis makes perfect" is a nice melodic and sweet electro-pop, synth-pop or sometimes new wave, which  differs than 99% of this kind of bands essentially about lirycal themes. Here there are not the typical lyrics about love, saturday night fever or monetary success. NEON NEON use to write lyrical themes about: social issues, politics, ecology, third world, racial prejudices, anti-war, etc. In fact they are not the first band in the world and probably nor the last one, in the 80s decade bands such as: The Smiths, Communards, Chumbawamba or Manic Street Preachers, showed a similar attitude. "If filmmakers make biopics, then NEON NEON are music’s foremost makers of biodiscs. With 2008 debut Stainless Style, the electro-pop duo of Boom Bip and Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys imagined the inner life of disgraced car magnate John DeLorean. Despite a clear electronic sound, NEON NEON music is mostly pop with clear voices and soft rhythms. And (personal opinion) I think they are leftists no doubt, but perhaps they also exaggerate his role with symbols clear communists like: hammer & sickle, red star, etc. Maybe to provocate some reaction to listeners. Anyway, the duet have certainly talent to create good songs in the field of electronic pop.
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