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Album Review

Brimming with delicious simplicity, Psapp's 2006 release The Only Thing I Ever Wanted grooves blissfully between post-rock and bossa nova. The duo of singer Galia Durant and studio guru Carim Clasmann swish through 11 hypnotic melodies built on a sample-based pop some call clunktronica, rife with everything from horns and maracas to squeaky floorboards and crumpling paper. Live instruments such as piano, brushed percussion, and xylophone comprise most of the musical samples, creating a powerful hybrid of earthy folk and sophisticated electronica. Durant lays her rich, sultry voice over this rootsy instrumentation — sounding very much like a more vocally gifted Nico — while Clasmann weaves all the odd parts together in the studio. This combination of quirky sounds and suave production lands the disc in musical territory that feels at once both innovative and familiar; something like Beck, Björk, and Velvet Underground meeting in a lazy Rio cantina only to discover they've all been listening to Stereolab and Nouvelle Vague. The album varies in texture from humidly sensual to wildly bohemian but never simultaneously. Instead, each new mood washes in and out on its own in a style that remains unfettered, a remarkable effect for a record that is otherwise such a curious conflagration of sounds.

Customer Reviews

Holy Shiz

I. Yeah. No, I'm blown away. And to think, that this is their last album's successor. Didn't think it would get any better than their last one. But, of course, how silly of me to think that. This album includes an unbelivable amount of uniqueness and creativity that has never been breached before this album. The tunes are absolutely gorgeous and flow beautifully. Uplifting, catchy, and innovative. Jeeze. I am in love.

Check it

A homogeneous blend of original electronics and voice...definatly worth listening to.

Refreshing

Psapp is one of the most original bands out there. This CD is one of the most original CD's out there. You NEED, i repeat, NEED this CD. everytime i listen to these songs i feel like im in a story book.

Biography

Formed: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The experimental British duo Psapp (pronounced sap) features guitarist/producer Carim Clasmann and vocalist/keyboardist/violinist Galia Durant. Together, they create a charming, indie pop-influenced mix of sultry vocals and quirky electronic beats. Tiger, My Friend marked Psapp's album debut for Leaf in 2004. Two years later, Psapp jumped ship to the Domino label (home to Franz Ferdinand, the Arctic Monkeys, and Clearlake) for the release of their second album. The Only Thing I Ever Wanted arrived...
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