Black Box Recorder

Black Box Recorder

Facts of Life

Jetset

It is quite interesting to learn that one of the three members of Black Box Recorder is a major Absinthe importer. This may sound like useless info, but much of the psychedelic-lounge rock that arises on Facts Of Life could be explained perhaps by a possible binge on this forbidden drink. Distant cousins musically to both Belle and Sebastian and Air, Recorder utilizes their relaxed songwriting nature to near-perfectly compliment the haunting vocals of singer Sarah Nixey.

Spaghetti Western twang and drum machines gently caress sparkling keys on “The English Motorway.” Underneath the gentle skin of Facts Of Life lies an innocence that’s so unassuming, it could be construed as somewhat perverse. Mandolin chimes and cascading vocal harmonies cover the tongue-in-cheek pattern that many songs follow, including “Sex Life” and the vibrating noir of “French Rock n’ Roll.” Part romantic, part subversive, all wrapped up under humorous anecdotes under the European sky, Facts Of Life is a mélange of dreamy pop you can easily listen or make love to.

Jetset Records, 67 Vestry Street, New York, NY 10013; http://jetset.sinner.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Butch Walker
    Butch Walker

    Stay Gold (Dangerbird Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

  • Belly
    Belly

    Belly brought lot of grit and a touch of grace to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

  • Pickathon 2016
    Pickathon 2016

    Pendarvis Farms transforms for three extraordinary days into the fun and psychedelic fest of your wildest indie music loving dreams, Pickathon. Alexa Harris was there to experience the joys of farm life for the weekend.

  • Money Chicha
    Money Chicha

    Echo En Mexico (Vampisoul). Review by James Mann.

  • Micronotz reissues
    Micronotz reissues

    Mortal Micronotz, Smash, Live, The Beast that Devoured Itself, 40 Fingers (Bar/None). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Big Eyes
    Big Eyes

    Stake My Claim (Don Giovanni Records). Review by Jen Cray.

  • Various Artists
    Various Artists

    Money Maker (Studio One). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Pawns
    Pawns

    A triple bill of underground Goth, led by NYC’s Pawns, transforms Uncle Lou’s into a time machine. Jen Cray did not wear eye makeup, but she did wear a black shirt to the show.

  • Bossacucanova
    Bossacucanova

    The Best of Bossacucanova (Six Degrees Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Ranch Ghost
    Ranch Ghost

    Lookin’ (Rough Beast Records). Review by Jen Cray.

From the Archives