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Persil

Comfort Noise

(Transformed Dreams; US: Available as import; UK: 19 Jun 2006)

Persil is from Amsterdam and blends pop with various other effects, samples and loops. Getting off to a very good start with the bubble gum power pop number “Light Up My Life”, Persil doesn’t sound mechanical at all, even if the dreamy, mid-tempo “Vox” has more electronic elements, including an effective militaristic backbeat. The joyous wall of guitar is what brings it all together. Singer Martine’s sweet timbre is also an asset, as the band drives headlong into a slow-building and gear-shifting “Feet”. Persil occasionally misses the mark, as it does with “Arkadelphia”, which might be better suited on Bowie’s Outside album, or on some Elastica b-side compilation. Fans of Imogen Heap would take to “Alice Austen” and its opening, before the group moves into a rocky, radio-friendly format. A better take on this blueprint has to be the hook-riddled and punchy “Hipper”, which is indeed hipper. Even the lighter, flighty tunes such as “More Special Days” have grooves that are difficult to pass on. Martine shines during “Dance to This!” and “PS”, which have a lot in common with the Cure in its softer moments.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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