BS 2000

Simply Mortified

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Did you ever wonder what it might sound like if Super Mario and the Banana Splits teamed up to record an album? Well, look no further than Simply Mortified. This BS2000 recording is a wild post-punk ride through funky synth breakbeats, futuristic pastiche, and saccharine singalongs vocally handled by the ten-year-old niece of one of BS2000's co-conspirators. The group is essentially a two-man outfit, if you don't count the omnipresent drum machine. With their sophomore effort, Adam Horovitz, who moonlights as one-third of the Beastie Boys, and Amery Smith drop another eclectic collection of tracks, this time adding lyrics and secondhand keyboards, both of which were missing on their first album. Stylistically, this album runs the gamut, but a playful ear-to-ear grin is kept firmly in place throughout, especially on the seven instrumental tracks. The vibe here is predominantly smug, decidedly danceable, and ironic with a purpose. Songs such as "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In)," "Buddy," "Yeah I Like BS," and "It Feels Like" would be equally welcome at a house party or backing a children's video game. Other tracks, such as "The Side to Side," "New Gouda," and "Dansk Party," have been bookended with quasi-audience banter and applause, giving the impression of a space-aged, subterranean lounge act caught on tape. Like their first album, the tracks on Simply Mortified are very short, mostly hovering near the two-minute mark, but this batch of songs feel finished and cohesive, something that was lacking on their debut. Whether Simply Mortified was actually recorded in the year 2000 or if it was discovered in an unearthed time capsule is debatable, but there is no question that this is some of the finest staccato go-go music you'll catch this side of 1966.

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