Apr 21 2010

Stripmall Architecture – Feathersongs For Factory Girls (Part One)

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Stripmall Architecture - Feathersongs For Factory Girls (Part One)

Strip­mall Archi­tec­ture
Feath­er­songs For Fac­tory Girls
Self-​Released; 2010

At first, I didn’t quite enjoy the five songs that com­prise Feath­er­songs For Fac­tory Girls, as I found the music to be too down­cast and moody for my lik­ing. It’s not that I didn’t dig the down­tempo goth-​flavored electro-​pop, but more that the music of Strip­mall Archi­tec­ture ini­tially hit me as being as being a bit too repet­i­tive and depen­dent upon its influ­ences. Then, as I began to dig beneath the sur­face, I found this trea­sure trove of sonic nuggets that proved to be much more inter­est­ing that the lit­tle peb­bles that prompted me to start explor­ing the band’s sound. Dense, fuzzy bass thumps are paired with lush key­board swells and then serve as buoy­ancy for the mys­te­ri­ously sul­try female vocals, all while gui­tar flour­ishes and squawks cas­cade in the back­ground.

Cuts like “Radium,” “Is This Sci­ence?,” and “Sing Along, My Chil­dren” are stark offer­ings with moods that are per­fect for rainy after­noons and insu­lar evenings. The spacey atmos­pher­ics might paint a melan­choly image, but it remains free of the mor­bid, morose, and macabre. To whit, the key lyric on the record is from “There’s Only So Much Light,” the dron­ing fourth song, which intones “There’s only so much light. You take more than your share,” sev­eral times to end the track.

This quar­tet might be from San Fran­cisco, CA, but the EP is at once grey and British in tone, and then serene and Scan­di­na­vian in feel. Styl­is­ti­cally, Strip­mall Archi­tec­ture does mix together key aspects of Galaxie 500, Por­tishead, Air, and The xx, but it man­ages to shape its own iden­tity by recast­ing those influ­ences through the lens of dark ‘80s pop. The most impres­sive part of Feath­er­songs For Fac­tory Girls, what makes me eager to hear what the band has planned next, is in how the music can sound oh so gloomy, but never comes across as the work of some sort of creepy, anti­so­cial icon­o­clast. There are no faux-​goth mall­rats to be found in this shop­ping center.

Stripmall Architecture
Feathersongs For Factory Girls
Self-Released; 2010

At first, I didn’t quite enjoy the five songs that comprise Feathersongs For Factory Girls, as I found the music to be too downcast and moody for my liking. It’s not that I didn’t dig the downtempo goth-flavored electro-pop, but more that the music of Stripmall Architecture initially hit me as being as being a bit too repetitive and dependent upon its influences. Then, as I began to dig beneath the surface, I found this treasure trove of sonic nuggets that proved to be much more interesting that the little pebbles that prompted me to start exploring the band’s sound. Dense, fuzzy bass thumps are paired with lush keyboard swells and then serve as buoyancy for the mysteriously sultry female vocals, all while guitar flourishes and squawks cascade in the background.

Cuts like “Radium,” “Is This Science?,” and “Sing Along, My Children” are stark offerings with moods that are perfect for rainy afternoons and insular evenings. The spacey atmospherics might paint a melancholy image, but it remains free of the morbid, morose, and macabre. To whit, the key lyric on the record is from “There’s Only So Much Light,” the droning fourth song, which intones “There’s only so much light. You take more than your share,” several times to end the track.

This quartet might be from San Francisco, CA, but the EP is at once grey and British in tone, and then serene and Scandinavian in feel. Stylistically, Stripmall Architecture does mix together key aspects of Galaxie 500, Portishead, Air, and The xx, but it manages to shape its own identity by recasting those influences through the lens of dark ‘80s pop. The most impressive part of Feathersongs For Factory Girls, what makes me eager to hear what the band has planned next, is in how the music can sound oh so gloomy, but never comes across as the work of some sort of creepy, antisocial iconoclast. There are no faux-goth mallrats to be found in this shopping center.

2 Responses to “Stripmall Architecture – Feathersongs For Factory Girls (Part One)

  1. Dryvetyme Gives Stripmall Architecture a Second Chance, And Totally Digs It | Crash Avenue | Independent Music Publicity says:

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  2. pedro says:

    good band name. listening to the music now. Go APN!

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