Beings of Leisure
label: palm pictures
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
buy it: here
music envelopes a large spectrum these days. Gone are the days
when electronic music meant pulsing bass beats and repeated synthed
rhythms. There is ambient, house, trance, trip-hop, and on and
on. Where The Supreme Beings of Leisure fall into this is even
more difficult to define.
vocals entrenched in a deep-house trip-hop smoothness. More chill
than electronic pop compatriats Garbage, less eclectic than fellow
trip-hoppers Portishead, and trippier than late night clubbers
Everything But the Girl, these UK hipsters manage sprinkle in
a bit of 60's psychedilia while keeping jazzy but not quite Fatnastee.
This is music for cool people.
I'd call it
On this, their
debut album, The Supreme Beings of Leisure manage to walk the
line of poptronica without falling into the pure pop ditches.
Vocalist Geri Soriano-Lightwood gives the group a sense of soul
that is much deeper than that found on most other electronic music
- perfectly complimenting the synths and beats layed down by her
three bandmembers (who spend as much time programming as playing
their respective instruments).
as "Never the Same" and "Truth From Fiction"
mix a trip-hop style with an R&B soul, while "Goldigger"
(the album's shining star) features a rock/funk guitar riff with
Austin Powers undertones. The album starts to fade into the background
for the last few tracks, but closes with style on "Under
the Gun," saxophone and all.
For a debut
album, The Supreme Beings of Leisure have put out an amazing work.
True, they haven't broken any boundaries or taken any chances,
but the beats and synths are as perfectly tight as one could hope
for, without bowing to a monotonous repetitivity. Most bands only
dream of being so cool.
liked Supreme Beings of Leisure...
Never The Same
3. Last Girl On Earth
4. Strangelove Addiction
5. Ain't Got Nothin'
6. Truth From Fiction
7. You're Always The Sun
9. Nothin' Like Tomorrow
10. What's The Deal
11. Under The Gun