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Album Review

In a musical climate that often seems to value constant change over sticking to what you do best, Psapp do a great job of bucking that spurious bit of convention on their third album, The Camel's Back. Much as they did on their previous album, The Only Thing I Ever Wanted, Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant make a frothy, supersweet pop concoction out of various bits of styles (bossa nova, indie pop, electronic balladry) and sounds (strings, homemade sounds, restrained electronics, gentle percussion) and top it off with Durant's rich vocals. Rich actually might be underselling it some. Durant's vocals are perfect as part of the duo's sound, but they would sound good anywhere. She manages to pull off the neat trick of coming off sultry and cute at the same time, she never sings anything but the melody, and she generally adds sunshine to the headphones of anyone lucky enough to hear her. This time out the album is a little fuller sounding, mainly due to the string section that pops up on many of the tracks, but also thanks to a more fully developed sense of arrangement. It also holds some thrillingly catchy songs, like the jumpy, almost danceable album opener, "I Want That"; the jaunty "The Monster Song" (which despite its dark lyrical content sounds perfect for a summer day, and if it were used in a commercial could probably sell ice to Eskimos); and the insistent and almost rocking (in a very German way) "Mister Ant." The quieter moments are fine, too, capturing the sweet spot between mellow relaxation and gentle experimentation that not too many other groups can regularly hit. The only criticism one might level at the album is that there is an overall calm to the record that could lull those listeners prone to mistaking peace and quiet for easy listening into a coma. For those with more of an ear for intricate soundcraft and matchbox symphonies, The Camel's Back ends up being something far more satisfying and memorable. Psapp could keep making this same record for the next ten years and it would never get boring or sound anything less than the end result of two bright musical minds operating at their highest level.

Customer Reviews

Another Great Psapp Experience

I don't know how these folks do it. I feel like their off in England somewhere in an apartment with some cats and they just make this magical music with a computer and whatever's in their place. I think their previous album is my favorite and this one is a little more quirky, but I just love it. It feels great to listen to. Definitely recommended.

Unique Collection of Sounds

Psapp has refreshingly unique music and cathy beats. I recommend this album to anyone who's looking for something a little odd and new!

Another fine outing from Psapp

I imported this album back in October and love it, but I wonder why we don't get the bonus track or booklet in the US? Disappointing. I won't take a star away for it, though. I also wish we were able to buy the Monster Song b-sides.

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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