Records / Little Mafia
Genres: pop, free, experimental rock
PO Box 580218
Mar 22 - 28 2004
The mission was simple: to create the worst band in the world.
The results? Seasonal Concepts' Seasonalize.
I'd be hard-pressed to call this good music, but I have no
qualms telling you it's really fun to listen to. Despite the
unusual compositions, the questionable musical skill, and the
consistently abysmal production values, these joyously random sonic
nuggets succeed in making fun of the world's many musical norms.
Seasonalize's highlights are many, due to the sheer
eclecticism of the disc's songs. "Wizards (Magick &
Dreams)" is a deliciously silly eighties-influenced synth-pop
joke (think "Don't You Want Me?"), while "Crazy Little
Ingrown Toenail Called Love" is a tongue-in-cheek country-folk
number that almost sounds like a female-led Bob Dylan
number. The casiocore of "I Like Cheese" is complimented by ridiculously goofy vocals ("I like cheese/How
about you?/Do you want to eat cheese/At the zoo?") - if you're a
fan of silly keyboard-pop, you may be pleased. Or
horrified. Either way.
Other interesting nuggets are the "Heart & Soul"
theivery of "Olympia," one of the band members' grade-eight
music class projects (she got an A!), the pure folk of "What Do
You Like to Smell?", the sample mayhem of "South Dakota,
Here We Come!" and the bluesy pop of "Shoes."
If Seasonalize teaches us only one thing over its thirty
three minute duration, it's that sometimes even the worst music can be
pretty entertaining - so long as it's somewhat melodic.
Fun Fact: "Seasonal
Concepts" is also the name of a home decoration store
chain. According to their website: "Seasonal Concepts is
not about merchandise. Rather it is about helping you identify
the personality of your home." They sell patio furniture
and Christmas trees, primarily.
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]