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Seriously catchy - among best albums of all time
on October 4, 2011
Visiting to dust off my review after a couple of years. I just found my way to Bag Raiders self-title album and it reminded me so much of the energy, vitality, and aural delights that I found on Reptilians years ago. That is the only comparable disco / electronic high-energy group that comes close to this album. Bag Raiders is far closer to Reptilians than the other Starf--er albums. There's something brilliant where they're listening, they're hearing something new, something cool, putting together something that has never been done before and will never be done again, and it's all happening here. This is still the superior album but Bag Raiders was a pleasant reminder, a tickler, that Reptilians was out there, just waiting to be cranked up on a dizzying-loud system and letting your brain sparkle (without drugs!). Listen on a good car stereo on your way in to work, or with a good pair of cans or buds, and just rock out. This is amazing stuff that MUST be loud. It'll get your pulse going, great exercise music. And realistically, it will stand as sort of a unique pinpoint of distinct and unique brilliance for a group I just don't see carrying that level of creativity into future albums - a pinnacle that is unmatched in anything I've heard so far.
Correction: I just successfully read/studied to it. Please disregard that part of my original review and do not let it discourage you from enjoying it for these and other similar purposes.
(Funny aside: I have to bleep the name of the band, or Amazon auto-rejects the review... even though it's right there on the product listing a few lines up! Ha!)
I just found my way to Starfkr- heard about them quite a bit, but never heard THEM. I picked this album as the place to dive in based on Amazon reviews. You have to listen through a couple of times to get your head wrapped around it, but once there, you can't get back out. I couldn't stop listening to it. This is high quality weird funky electronica. It starts with "Born", spunky, funky, washes you away with a whole wave of "wtf?" and "ahhhhh, cool!". It starts strong and stays strong. Get picked up with Born and twirl around with a kind of electronic hip-hop post-disco hurricane in Julius. The disco vibe gets strong with Bury us Alive, blended with a fine contemporary indie lyric. Mellow the disco funk into the halting, pleasing, cleverly choppy-fluid title track. This album is peppy, it pops. GREAT music for getting you going in the morning. Great for exercising. Great music to play in the car. Not great music to play for quiet concentration, like reading or studying - it GRABS your attention and doesn't let go. This is NOT background noise.
Now, having enjoyed this insane-yet-rational, tremendously clever production I was absolutely, involuntarily compelled to snap up (digital) copies of self-title and Jupiter, which are GOOD, worth having and enjoying, but found this latest effort also to be the best. There are a lot of common themes among them but for whatever reason, Reptilians seems like the most whole, most complete, most interesting, most engaging, well-constructed production. It really just hangs together the best. The point is, you can't go wrong here. I wouldn't even recommend listening to the previews... nothing but spoilers! Grab a copy, crank it up in the car or at home or on the MP3 player, make sure it's LOUD, and be prepared to be totally wowed!
Kudos to the good people of Starfkr. Keep it rolling!