JESSE KRAKOW - World Without Nachos

Jesse Krakow - World Without Nachos

72 songs
38:05 minutes
***** ****
Eh? / Public Eyesore


Yes, you read correctly. It’s not a typo: Jesse Krakow’s new album really sports 72 songs, in under forty minutes, and no, this is not some noisy grindcore inferno. Those familiar with his previous genial solo effort Oceans In The Sun (which had about thirty songs in forty minutes) know more or less what to expect. The musical whizz-kid who is also active in such diverse bands like Time Of Orchids (avant prog), PAK (no wave jazz noise) and We Are The Musk Brigade (anarcho freeform experimentalism) must have been too lazy to write real songs, so we get anything ranging from four seconds to never longer than two minutes on World Without Nachos, something like a brainstorm of indie pop ideas, full of “instantly forgettable” (to quote the artist) ideas that will certainly grab your attention for a few seconds until something new is coming up. This could be irritating, but the concept of the CD is clearly out to overwhelm the listener in an onslaught of could-have-been songs that never really make it into real compositions. Just take the time to listen to the second track, Hello People, and it’s hard or even impossible to understand how such a brilliant hook can be wasted on a one minute song.

Stylistically, we get lo-fi indie pop with acoustic guitars, keyboards, simple but nice drum computers and sometimes strangely professionally arranged vocal harmonies that make obvious that Jesse Krakow must have put a lot of effort into the arrangements. This is not just a piece of throw-away plastic. If you need comparisons, take an even more childish They Might Be Giants, or a better produced Ariel Pink.

I won’t say now that World Without Nachos is a great album. It doesn’t have the emotional depth of the unsurpassable Oceans In The Sun (which still finds its way into my CD player even nearly four years after its release), but it’s an original conceptual idea to cram as many catchy hooks into a short forty minutes, and that deserves respect, as well as the fact that Jesse Krakow seems to be at ease in every musical genre, even if this album heads clearly into a lo-fi indie pop direction.

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