"Exalted Headband" CD
Genre: instrumental pop
instrumental disc recalls the whimsy of Hot Butter's iconic
"Popcorn," what with its eclectic synth melodies and emotionally
exaggerated style. At sixteen tracks, Exalted Headband is
guilty of being considerably long for what it is (a kooky
instrumental-pop album), but from song to song there are several
memorable moments to be digested.
I must confess I
enjoy opener "Swimming Downhill" and its refreshing medley of cheesy
synths, Moby's "Porcelain," and folky guitar strumming.
Likewise, the Midwest Sam & Max Hit the Road schmaltz of
"Kung Fu Sunset" is gloriously endearing, and "Fractal Dust" is the
sort of slow and wistful melody that sounds as if it has been culled
from the score of
some similarly mellow film. "Children of the Teeth" and "Braids at
Blue Hour (Zero Time)" also do not disappoint, in their
straight-out-of-the-eighties, Moroder-inspired synth glory. Amid
this lengthy record, however, there is a fair share of bland or
derivative work ("Deep & Deeper," "Balloon Bazooka"), which bogs
things down significantly.
A mixed bag,
Exalted Headband may suffer from its own ambition, but there are
enough interesting songs here to keep things fairly interesting. Spanning
genres seamlessly - from lounge to prog to jazz to techno - Kowtow
Popof's diversity of influences helps keep this procession of songs from
wearing too thin, making for an original if inconsistent album
that should be enjoyed in moderation.
[Vitals: 16 tracks, distributed by