Saturday, January 5, 2008
45.b)Niki Mono,Minimal Compact - Marathon (Fuck Your Dreams, This Is Heaven,1987)
A rather strange idea, this original soundtrack has members of Minimal Compact and Tuxedomoon and vocalist Niki Mono diving into material by various disparate 1960s rock icons, with three tracks by Syd Barrett or Pink Floyd, a pair of Velvet Underground tunes, and a song each by the Yardbirds and Jefferson Airplane, as well as a Patti Smith piece and an original to round off the LP. The psychedelic '60s music gets transformed into chamber rock pieces, with somewhat subdued but lush piano and violins, stiff, clunky rhythms, and oozing with the peculiar Euro-decadence tendencies that both Minimal Compact and Tuxedomoon gravitate toward.This is a solid collection of songs that flows from start to finish. If you like hauntingly sad music of an alternative nature this is a rare find. Soothingly beautiful, heartfelt and creative. Very 80s, very dark, very depressing, very beautiful.