Given Family Fodder's history of enigmatic yet whimsical post-punk, it's not a surprise that this short (seven-song, half-hour) album is difficult to classify. There are engagingly playful yet obtuse songs with the vocals of Family Fodder mainstay Alig Fodder (aka Alig Pearce) and Darlini Singh-Kaul, abstract instrumentals with an aura of quizzical naïveté,and slightly ominous, almost cabaret-like meditation ("Strangest Games"). But the mood changes almost from track to track, launching unpredictably into some arty funk grooves on "Infamy, using a combo of Jews harp, cello, and Singh-Kaul's almost chatty singing on "Analyse My Life?" and combining jazzy funk, a baby's giggles, and almost cinematic classical chamber music on "Full Term." Perhaps Slender Means Society knows that this stuff has limited appeal, limiting its release to 700 retail copies as it does for each release of its Pregnancy Series. If you're looking for early 21st century post-punk at its most accessible and least grating, however, Bäbytalk certainly fills the bill.
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