Pierre Crube

Immediate False Relief

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Pierre Crube's first album unfolds at a frantic pace. He races through 21 tunes in 40 minutes (the five bonus tracks from an earlier EP, Ohym, push the total duration to 50 minutes). To that pace, add a dizzying array of influences displayed remorselessly and ranging from '70s German electro and naive pop all the way to the sweet-and-sour textures of Fennesz. Crube has a talent for writing catchy tunes, but by choosing to leave them undeveloped, he condemns them to be drowned by the sheer number of tracks here. In the end, no particular track leaves a lasting impression. Pieces like "Rimming" (with lyrics), "Pack Traveling," or "Chop Chop" deserve longer exposure. On the other hand, he could do without one-liners like "Joyeux Joyeux Bonne Bonne," or "Snappy for a Transition." The Ohym EP reveals another side of Crube: the electro-pop producer. He comes up with catchy melodies for "If I Was You" and "Skin Off," but his exaggerated nasal singing in "Hu-ho!" is quite a turn off. In fact, on Ohym, Crube comes off as a male version of Peaches, deliberately sleazy and amateurish. Immediate False Relief itself will appeal to fans of Felix Kubin and the likes, but in this case, shortness works against the music. If the album sounds fragmented and scattered, that doesn't strip away all of its potential charm.

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