Kiss Me Deadly
Yet another Montreal band heavily indebted to post-punk, Kiss Me Deadly is noisier than rival The Arcade Fire. Unfortunately, they lack a single as good or catchy as Fire’s “Rebellion,” but that doesn’t mean they suck. Quite the opposite: Misty Medley is a college radio classic in the making. There is a virtual feast of mid-to-late-’80s alternative rock spread throughout the disc. Mixed into the pot are some of Sonic Youth’s no-wave sensibilities with a bit of Echo and The Bunnymen, The Pixies and the band’s most obvious influence, The Sugarcubes’ avant-rock masterpiece Life’s Too Good. On top of all that are dance-driven tracks titled simply “Dance 1,” “Dance 2,” etc. Though these songs have a dance groove, the ethereal squealing and haunting vocals of Emily Elizabeth are pure Björk without the club culture pretensions. Alongside them are some nods to the DC Dischord scene sidling up to an homage to the rapid-fire guitar style of The Edge on “Let’s.” Much like the last two records by Blonde Redhead, the disc rounds out the noisescapes with subtle grooves. It is hard to imagine all these sounds pertaining to one disc, but that is one of the great charms of the record. Kiss Me Deadly manages to make it work. With so much going on, Misty Medley rewards with each listen. Though the record may seem quite arty, it is just pop enough for the malcontents who can’t get their head around experimental music. Misty Medley is a glorious noise-pop masterpiece that you need to own.