The Jigsaw Seen

Bananas Foster

by Matthew Fiander

30 November 2010

 
cover art

The Jigsaw Seen

Bananas Foster

(Vibra-phonic/BDC)
US: 19 Oct 2010
UK: Import

The Jigsaw Seen has been making bizarre and striking pop music since 1988, and Bananas Foster is their latest expansive offering. That expanse is deceiving, though, since everything here feels pretty well under control. The spacey chug of opener “Bertha Brilliance” leads nicely into the jangling acoustics of “David Hart’s Name of Song”, and sets a pretty consistent flow for the record. This is goofball pop, to be sure—check out titles like “Choreography Killed the Cat”—populated by wooden boys and oddly colored raccoons, but these guys, now pros at what they do, temper their eccentricity with some serious rock-band chops. The drums crash in a Moon-esque cacophony all over these songs, and guitars swirl in atmospheric surges, leading these relatively tight pop songs into that expansive realm. The combination of control and sonic size is what makes these songs work. Song to song, the kook factor can run a little high, but with the hooks and energy most of these songs show, it’s hard to fault them for not offering up more serious words to go on top of it all.

Bananas Foster

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.

 

//comments
//related
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

READ the article