Title: Forever Pop Noir
By Psykick Holiday
Label: Future Legend Records
Available for download on itunes and Amazon. And on CD
‘Forever Pop Noir’ is as much a statement of style as it is an album title. The two-person band has been a staple of Future Legend Records since they began twenty years ago. This is hardly surprising as the label founder, Russell C. Brennan, forms half of the band. It is an unusual album that remained un-released for years, mostly due to its punk/jazz improvisation contents. This includes the use of the cello and trumpets in a punk fashion. The album is an intriguing listen; the ‘Pop Noir’ style seems more relevant today that it ever was in the past. The current music climate is much more aware of the vast range of styles (as long as you ignore the mainstream). Brennan claims to have invented the ‘Pop Noir’ style, but there are recognisable punk, jazz and rock references that take in the history of music as well.
The lyrics of the songs fade into the background of the soundscape; however they are just as unique. The words are used poetically, and often verge on being hallucinatory. An example of this is the line: “there’s an alien in my living room and spunk stains on my bed’.
Although it takes a couple of listens to get into; I really enjoyed the album. I hope ‘Psykick Holiday’ survive being rediscovered.