The Melancholy Death Of The Chemistry Experiment
The Chemistry Experiment
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||Starlite Ballroom||The Chemistry Experiment||5:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||2:30am : Killing Puffins||The Chemistry Experiment||1:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Glue + Paper||The Chemistry Experiment||2:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You're The Prettiest Thing||The Chemistry Experiment||5:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Thoughts On Gravity||The Chemistry Experiment||4:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Good Morning||The Chemistry Experiment||3:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Stopped Clocks||The Chemistry Experiment||4:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What Are We Good For||The Chemistry Experiment||4:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Remember||The Chemistry Experiment||4:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||We Were Never Wrong||The Chemistry Experiment||5:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Wish I Could Cry||The Chemistry Experiment||2:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
If "Starlite Ballroom," the opening track to The Melancholy Death of the Chemistry Experiment, sounds remarkably like the late-'80s work of bands like Prefab Sprout or the Blue Nile, there's a fairly good reason: though they've remained all but unknown for the majority of their existence, the Chemistry Experiment have actually been together for close to two decades. Recorded piecemeal over the course of five years, The Melancholy Death of the Chemistry Experiment sounds like the twee pop offspring of Talk Talk's Laughing Stock and Scott Walker's Tilt: these 11 ornately arranged tunes are a seamless song cycle incorporating smoothly orchestrated disco ("You're the Prettiest Thing"), experimental found-sound manipulations ("2:30 a.m.: Killing Puffins"), minimalist chamber pop that explodes into grand orchestral climaxes ("Thoughts on Gravity"), shimmering guitar overdubs with jazzy flute counterpoint ("Good Morning"), and anything else that captures the Nottingham band's fancy. Singer and guitarist Steven J. Kirk's voice, pitched somewhere between Walker's semi-operatic croon and the deadpan whispery baritone of Lambchop's Kurt Wagner, is both the Chemistry Experiment's most unique asset and the biggest stumbling block for those who prefer a less individualistic vocal style, but the luxuriant richness of the just-so arrangements will be greatly appreciated by fans of the sophisticated side of U.K. indie pop.
Years Active: '90s, '00s