A horrible hack

Boduf Songs

Burnt Up On Re-Entry

Year Released: 2013
Format: CD
Label: Southern
Reviewed by Ewan on Feb 9, 2013
"It's raining men, hallelujah"

The first line of the album definitely wrongfooted me. The Weather Girls lyric sounds odd placed in Boduf Song's music. It's a trick that's repeated a few other times through the album. Occasionally a line from another pop song is put into the lyrics and it does confuse your brain a bit. In a good way though.

Musically it's a continuation of the previous four albums on Kranky. The vocals are still very much in the breathy/slightly-distorted home/bedroom tradition and the idiosyncratic guitar lines are the still the focus of the songs. The unusual songwriting is in a similar ballpark to Angels Of Light or Current 93. I don't think Boduf Songs will be offended if I say that they're slightly more sane than the aforementioned pair. Maybe Neil Young in his most out-there experimental studio-abusing phases would be more like it.

This time round there's a lot more electronics. Creaky drum machines, occasional synth lines, guitar effects and other indescribable 'things' blend in and out of the mix.

Essentially this is a great album by a songwriter genuinely off trying to create their own unique thing.

(P.S. Fun Fact for Collective Zine folk, Boduf Songs are ex-Minute Manifesto)

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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