For a little while after my last post, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about. I’d been listening to David Bowie’s Hunky Dory for awhile, and then I started listening to the rest of my Bowie collection, and I was worried I was going to have to write about David Bowie. I say worry because David Bowie is a musical god to me and I’m afraid anything I write couldn’t do justice to how much I appreciate his music.
And then I realized that the latest Asteroids Galaxy Tour album was out (and had been for about a month) and I downloaded that and have been listening to it pretty much nonstop! Whew!
So where do I begin? Okay. So, you know how The Beatles did a bunch of pot and then put out Rubber Soul and everyone was like WOOOAH! These guys were making good music before but now they are making ART!!! That is how I feel about AGT’s new album Bring Us Together. It shows such an amazing progression from their previous two albums (which were awesome in their own right) while not losing that certain-something that makes them so distinct. Also, maybe drugs were involved? Well, it kind of falls into the psychedelic category in any case. We’ll get to that later.
I would describe AGT’s first two albums as being out-of-control. I remember first listening to them and feeling like I was going to lose my mind because their music was bursting at the seams and bubbling over with gusto. They were in love with their own sound and it was not in a bad way, because they wanted so badly to share it so that others could love it as much as they did, and it was all just so enthusiastic you could help getting caught up in it.
With Bring Us Together, I feel like they’ve calmed themselves down quite a bit while still carrying their heads high. They’ve lost none of their pride – they’ve just honed it into a more precise sound. I no longer feel like I’m going to start screaming when their music comes on. (Screaming with joy, that is.) But I still feel it, whatever it is, and it makes me want to dance.
I don’t even know where to start with my favorite tracks. The whole album is just fantastic. There isn’t a dull track to be found. Right off the bat, I’d say my instant favorites are the title track “Bring Us Together” (which I wrote about previously) and “My Club,” the music video for which reminds me quite a lot of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” conceptually.
Musically, it reminds me a lot of “Major,” a track from their previous album Out of Frequency. I think it must be the horns, even though horns featured predominantly on a lot of their previous albums! Something else then. I don’t know, but I love the melody, the attitude, and the lyrics. It’s the best dance song on the album.
I also love “Navigator” which has some nu-disco influences and a catchy whistle tune. If this were the 70’s, one might describe the song as “groovy,” but it’s 2014, so let’s not and say we did. When you hear that bassline, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
“Choke It” is easily another one of my favorite tracks. It also seems to be unapologetically about drugs. Maybe? It gets pretty trippy at the end when Mette Lindburg starts singing about sugar trees and killer bees. They’re probably just having some fun and messing with the listener, but it still raises an eyebrow. It reminds me of the Robert Crumb drawing translated into music.
“Hurricane” is a fantastic track. I think this is where Mette Lindburg’s vocals shine the brightest. Her voice here shows the greatest amount of maturity. It’s so controlled. Don’t get me wrong, I loved how wild it was on the previous albums. But here, it’s like she’s crooning, and it’s just lovely.
I also love, love, LOVE “Zombies!” It reminds me a lot of “Suburban Space Invader.” I want to see a music video for this one. It would be a zombie dance party! That’s pretty much what’s going on in the song, by the way. I can already picture the homage to “Thriller.” I mean, come on, if you’re going to have zombies in your music video, you MUST have an homage to “Thriller.” “Clint Eastwood,” anyone? “Zombies” is just so much fun though!
If you’ve listened to AGT before, but haven’t had a chance to get to this album – what are you waiting for?! Get to it! This album is fantastic! I love it when you can hear an artist evolving to the next level. Bring Us Together just shows such great progression. They really did something new without losing their spirit or unique sound. It’s still very much AGT, but grown up. So, so good.