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Fake Surfers
LP $12.00

05/26/2009 759718516913 

ITR 169 


CD $12.00

05/26/2009 759718516920 

ITR 169 CD 


MP3 $9.90

05/26/2009 759718516920 

 


Fake Surfers, the fourth album by Seattle's prolific and sacred Intelligence, is destined to change your whole outlook on "pop" music. As with 2007's Deuteronomy, The Intelligence has employed In The Red house producer Mike McHugh at the Distillery to hone their edge to its sharpest yet. The possibility of an industrial/pop music crossover seems as unlikely as a black metal/country conglomeration, but on this new album, The Intelligence introduces a whole new spectrum of sonic awareness cleverly buried under little piles of dirt, with glimmering specks of brilliance poking through. 
 
Lars Finberg, who performs here as The Intelligence, makes experimental post-punk rock weighted down by paranoia. As the bolts-and-bolts drummer of A-Frames, he builds songs off goose-stepping beats and coded lyrics. The Intelligence can't help but swing a little, however--the singing hints at emotion, as stilted phrasing sometimes becomes a howl. It never breaks a sweat, but these songs are like pop that has been wiretapped, shocked, and muzzled, whereas the A-Frames are a robot's guess at how rock music sounds. 
 
The Intelligence has faint whiffs of Swell Maps, Tronics, and Wire's Chairs Missing, though Fake Surfers is more relaxed and evenly paced than any previous releases. The sole cover on the album, "Pony People" by LA's Wounded Lion, has been stripped down to an acoustic pop ditty. This is by far the best Intelligence release yet...until the next one.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Fake Surfers By The Intelligence

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  2. #2 Moody Tower By The Intelligence

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  3. #3 Debt & ESP By The Intelligence

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  4. #4 St. Bartholemew By The Intelligence

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  5. #5 I Hear Depression By The Intelligence

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  6. #6 Warm Transfers By The Intelligence

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  7. #7 Fuck Eat Skull By The Intelligence

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  8. #8 Universal Babysitter By The Intelligence

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  9. #9 Thank You God For Fixing The Tape Machine By The Intelligence

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  10. #10 Pony People By The Intelligence

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  11. #11 Singles Barg By The Intelligence

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  12. #12 The Unessential Cosmic Perspective By The Intelligence

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