Rose for Bohdan

Major Label Drugs

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A combination remix album and further exploration into the Rose for Bodhan lifestyle (like Best Thesis for a Suicide Note, it's assembled from a variety of sessions, some just being Brian Miller on his computer), the hilariously titled Major Label Drugs found the band starting to come more thoroughly into their own. The explorations of techno and its many incarnations continued apace -- the cover art alone could be something from a Warp offshoot, perhaps -- while such numbers as "Coolio02 (Dark Version)," with its slowed-down synth melodies and spooked-out moans, further draw the connections together between Rose for Bodhan past and present. Even when the strum and semi-screamed/semi-drawled vocals on the wry romance mess of "Turkey Day" kick in, the percussion is all drum machine madness, a contrast that works very well. The remixes generally come from the indie/IDM side of things; thus Kid 606 friend/collaborator Lesser turns "Rogue Princess Mischief" into a wonderfully chaotic collage, while the somewhat serener Figurine tackles both "More American" and "Surprise...Bitch!" from Best Thesis. That said, the longest and in many ways most gripping track on the album fits in more with the earlier Rose for Bodhan vein of minimal guitar noise and space taken to an extreme -- "Event Horizon," clocking in at just under 20 minutes. It starts off with barely a sound before slowly turning into a combination of dank, ringing guitars that would do folks like Sonic Youth and the Dead C proud, even as a clattering rumble of crunching noise and percussion samples also starts rising to the fore. Suddenly cutting out at 13 minutes to a woozy series of one-note clangs Black Sabbath would be proud of mixed with chopped-up conversation snippets before a slow, gentle fade, it's an amazing tour de force from an even more striking group. Winning song title this time out: the totally glitched-out "What Heavy Metal Taught Us."

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