Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Beets 'Stay Home'

Jackson Heights, New York band The Beets made an art out of bringing LoFi to an all new low with universally loved debut 'Spit in the Face of People Who Don't Want to be Cool'. Juan Wauter's (originally from Uruguay) project returns with second album on Captured Tracks 'Stay Home' and yep, it's about staying at home. As The Beets are based in Queens, you can imagine people talking about the Ramones in the same breath as them. Sure, they aren't punk but it makes sense. They play raw, short and simple pop songs about you know, hanging out, which does sort of sound like a band I know...

The songs stemming from mundane home life don't glorify the subject matter at all. Rather, playing in a style that mirrors states of relaxing, boredom, daydreaming to a very real degree. It's this heartfelt depiction of the ordinary that makes this album such a great listen. In 'Floating' the boys seem to literally trail off themselves in the same manner you may watch a family member fall asleep in front of the telly. Which incidentally, is the topic of another track 'Watching TV'. Like turning a urinal into a sculpture The Beets make everyday life into art. This is how I wish the Black Lips sounded a whole album ago.

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