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This Weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Zoot Woman November 13, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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Some time ago I referenced Felix Da Housecat in the This Weekend I’ll be… slot and in a way Zoot Woman are kindred spirits. Both were associated with the deeply flawed electroclash genre, but both transcended it. Zoot Woman, at least on Living In A Magazine – their first album, seemed to occupy a poppier space than Felix, more influenced by a range of sources, from electronica through to 80s pop to…er… 70s pop (the names Hall and Oates is often used in conjunction with them and not in pejorative way – as is Steely Dan). None of this should be hugely surprising. Bassist Stuart Price is probably better known as Les Rhythmes Digitales and Jacques Le Cont, remixer to the stars(!) 😉 .

The album these tracks are taken from, released in 2001, is retro, no doubt about it. The videos say it all, a few steps short of Duran Duran, with similar early 80s obsessions, or subject matter, magazines, fashion, style, whatever the hell that may be. So, sort of new wave. Sort of not. But it’s all presented in such a way as to provide something that is surprisingly breezy, even fresh – although every once in a while that tilts into melancholy. And with songs that are more than the sum of their influences.

It’s a pity the first song on the album, It’s Automatic, isn’t available on YouTube, but the other songs that are offer a fairly representative trawl of their work from the electroclash precursor Chicago, Detroit, LA to the title track. I’ve thrown in a live track as well, Nobody Knows, which on album is simply superb. But it’s all thoughtfully crafted stuff. Their second album I didn’t like as much, a singular change of pace into a lower somehow morose gear which didn’t suit their approach, although I believe a third was released last year and I’ll have to hunt it out.

I’m not arguing this is a classic album, or perhaps I am. In its own terms I think it is extremely successful.

Enjoy.

The Model (originally by you know who…)

Living in A Magazine

Holiday Home

Chicago, Detroit, LA

Nobody Knows (Live)

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