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info opinion

Jesse Krakow

"Oceans in the Sun" CD

Public Eyesore

Genres: lo-fi, experimental pop, oddball pop

Jan 3 - 9 2005

Oceans in the Sun is garnering late consideration for this year's best of 2004.  No other album this year has entertained and amused me as much as this one - and while these songs may be kooky and mostly short (31 tracks in 42 minutes), they're surprisingly listenable and often quite melodic.  The overall impression I get here is something like Ween and The Frogs (especially in the lo-fi sense) crossed with Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa (in the lyrical and musical craziness.)

Jesse Krakow (Time Of Orchids, PAK) is at his zany best on this massive collection of songs.  Particularly good are "Good Warm Friends," "Missed a Boogie," "Internet Dating Experience," and the ridiculously catchy "Factory of Coolness."  One of this album's greatest assets it its lyrics, as Krakow is the master of terrific one-liners.  How can I ever hope to forget friendly zangs such as "high-school is not cool/Don't go to school at least high-school" and "unless you call me on the phone you better call me on the phone"?  Perhaps Krakow's most overtly clever moment is the garbled, mock-angsty "Can't Stop Thinking," which comes off as a riotously funny love song rip-off - it is fifty years of lyrical angst condensed into a noisy, lo-fi nugget of tape fuzz and spasmodic guitar.  I recommend this to any true lo-fi connoisseur.


Fun Fact: Aside from his duties with Time Of Orchids, Jesse Krakow also plays in a Captain Beefheart cover band with Gary Lucas.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 31 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]