21 December 2012
Koop - Koop Islands
Until yesterday I had not heard of these guys, they had not even touched my radar, deep space probes or any other form of musical searching devices. From Uppsala , Sweden - this is trio of very strange individuals have crafted together 3 albums (of which this is the third) and a best of compilation and have been in downtime since 2010. Musically, it is very strange - but everything that comes out of Sweden is always interesting to say the very least.
Now, I like my crazy music - even though Mr Zappa's Civilisation Phaze III got the Batman symbol as it's scoring mark, it was a fantastic record for me. Koop are on a different sort of crazy though. Coming from the Nordic end of the world you would expect some of that to be in the music slightly. No, on this album it is almost as if I had stepped into a Salsa club where the drink are free. Honestly, it sort of has an almost Caribbean theme about it, especially on "I See A Different You", "The Moonbouce" & "Let's Elope". Opening track "Koop Island Blues" has featured on a few video games and TV shows apparently (again, totally missed that).
For this sort of music you either have to be a fan of the Salsa/Jazz combo to even get close to it. If your not you will feel frustrated and like time is going backwards. For me, I am in the later camp. Upon hearing "Koop Island Blues" it made me want to hear the rest of their work - upon hearing the rest of their work I am not really sure what these guys were trying to do. "Beyond The Son" with it's flow passing and made talking about a letter he is composing in response to a letter he has received - but the repetitive drum and bass in the background make me want to turn off the album so badly, I was almost relieved once it had finished till I realised there was more.
Whilst this is not a work I would want to return to, I cannot say it is without it's own pieces of praise. It is well played for what it is worth and it did try to make this cold dark North East England room a little sunnier in December. But it is not the sort of thing I would recommend to anyone who isn't a hipster. Music for the posing generation - Yes Jim, but not as we know it. Sometimes even crazy should be left off the radar.
1.5 out of 10 - You really are touching the bottom of the barrel
You can purchase here
You can listen to on Spotify here
- ► 2017 (149)
- ► 2016 (249)
- ► 2015 (267)
- ► 2014 (309)
- ► 2013 (499)
- Conan - Monnos
- I have a mountain of work.....
- Oxbow - An Evil Heat
- The Mars Volta - Amputechture
- Ta-da!!! The first review top 50
- Blacklisters - BLKLSTRS
- Merry Christmas.....
- Top 100 albums that have rocked Castle A.T.T.I.W.L...
- The Muppets - The Muppets OST
- Waheela - Lost Murray
- Clutch - Clutch
- Jessie Ware - Devotion
- Koop - Koop Islands
- Grinderman - Grinderman 2
- Incoming message
- Top 200 songs that have rocked Castle A.T.T.I.W.L....
- Ghost - Opus Eponymous
- Weather Report - Sweetnighter
- Nutmeg - The Trigger
- Mastodon - Blood Mountain
- Jurassic 5 - Jurassic 5
- Def Con One - Warface
- Waves on Canvas - Into the Northsea
- Catherine Wheel - Adam & Eve
- The Futureheads - The Chaos
- Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III
- The Night Marchers - See You In Magic
- Crashland - Glued
- The Union - The Union
- Zen Guerrilla - Shadows On The Sun
- Black Spiders - Sons Of The North
- Hail Social - Hail Social
- Amen - We Have Come For Your Parents
- Day of rest..... number 1
- The Afghan Whigs - Black Love
- The Twilight Singers - She Loves You
- Elton John - Caribou
- The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
- Iggy Pop & The Stoogies - Raw Power
- Architecture In Hellsinki - In Case We Die
- Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers...
- Regina Spektor - Far
- Far - Water & Solutions
- Machine Head - Unto The Locust
- Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
- Prince - The Gold Experience
- Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
- Gallows - Orchestra of Wolves
- Future of The Left - Last Night I Saved Her From V...
- Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
- Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
- Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
- Frank Zappa - Waka/Jawaka
- The Jesus Lizard - Shot
- Descendents - Everything Sucks
- Every Time I Die - Hot Damn!
- Coachwhips - Bangers Vs Fuckers
- Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
- Officer Jones And His Patrol Car Problems - Memori...
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Ben...
- Tori Amos - Night of Hunters
- Let's begin at the beginning
- ▼ December (62)
So, we have reached the end of the year and it's been an eventful 12 months! So much has happened, the standard of the records rel...
Who doesn't like an end of year list? No-one! They tell you they don't, but inside they secretly do. So, as we approach the e...
Rightly or wrongly, They Might Be Giants will always be viewed as a ‘One Hit Wonder’ in the UK, which is a shame. If you mention thei...
Ryan Hamilton is an all-round legend in my books. I recently conducted an interview with him for my radio show on NE1FM called Attentio...
Alice Cooper is a legend that really doesn't need any introduction, if you're new to the game then you've got a little bit ...
Has it really been that long ago since I started this blog? The first post (cleverly linked here) was posted on the 2nd December (o...
New Language (stylised NEW LANGUAGE) is a band I found out about early this year whilst looking for songs for my radio show. As with a f...
Ghost//Signals are one of my favourite groups in Newcastle right now, together with The NX, Dunes and Waheela. Last year, their second s...
Seems like an apt image for the year (the other was the Grim Reaper laughing), 2016 has been a bit of a shit year in some ways and in oth...
Welcome to the final round-up review of 2017! Similar to the Round-Up posts I put up earlier in the year, I’m going to be posting some bull...