Econoghost

Anneu'ed

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Econoghost, the Krautrock-inspired side project of indie singer/songwriter Shalini Chatterjee, debuts with the wittily named Anneu'ed. Even though the indie world's fascination with the style seems to have peaked in the late '90s, Anneu'ed is still a spot-on Krautrock homage, with the simple, hypnotic rhythms; interlocking guitars; and droning synths that characterize the style popping up on every track. From the serene opener, "Air and Space Museum," to the aggressive, vocoderized "Dance Brunhilde" and buzzy, elongated "Wolfus," Econoghost touches on virtually every shading of Krautrock with humor and affection. It's this sense of humor, actually, that keeps Anneu'ed from becoming as stale as some of the Krautrock-tinged post-rock that took itself too seriously; in fact, tracks like "Flight of the Kondor," "Teutonic Plague," and "Plutorise" give the album more character than the last few Stereolab releases. There's a certain playfulness to motoriks like "Turbo Diesel" and "Taffeta Punk" that makes them sound fresh as well as fun. Even though Anneu'ed may not be as envelope-pushing as some of the Krautrock-inspired releases of the past, Econoghost's lively, lighthearted take on the style makes it, paradoxically, that much more interesting. As with her main work, Chatterjee invests Krautrock's all-too-clinical sound with emotion and fun, making Anneu'ed an unpretentious little gem of an album.

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