RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Voom: 'Hello, Are You There?' (Flying Nun/digital outlets)

 |   |  1 min read

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Voom: 'Hello, Are You There?' (Flying Nun/digital outlets)
Buzz Moller's Voom were too widely respected and known at the time to qualify as a cult item in the early 2000s, but these days their small catalogue (just two albums, this their second from 2006 on Lil' Chief) ensures that position with a generation which has grown up without hearing of them, let alone their music.

For a band which recorded this album on the fly in “various basements and bedrooms around Auckland” they certainly captured a beautiful sound (the lovely opening track Beautiful Day, the harmonies on Ride of Your Life, the weightless Not Even a Dream and We're So Lost, the closing I Went to Sleep) as much as sharp rock'n'pop energy (King Kong), lazy humour (the catchy Happy Just Bumming Round) and pointed lyrics (You Were A Man).

Lil' Chief always had an idiosyncratic approach and delivered as much delightful as thoughtful pop-rock with ears on Brian Wilson, Abbey Road and Lennon's most dreamy songs.

Voom tapped into those reference points (and more) and wrapped their knowingness and studied innocence in short songs which never outstayed their welcome. The evidence of their economy is that there are 17 songs across the two sides of this album on the reissued vinyl version.

There are very beautiful songs here – among them the pop ballad I Want My Baby and the slow No Real Reality – and the songs err towards the quiet end of the spectrum which makes them even more engrossing as you lean in.

This is a very welcome reissue.

Voom play the Hollywood, Avondale in Auckland on Friday April 16 with Soaked Oats and Laiika.

.

You can hear and buy this album at bandcamp here but it is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl through Flying Nun (with a bonus track Jimmy's Boner) here



Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Dig Everything! (Ace/Border)

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Dig Everything! (Ace/Border)

With a name which sounds straight out of the Motown stable in the early Sixties, Florida-born Whitfield (real name Barry, changed to avoid confusion with the Walrus of Love) actually grew up in New... > Read more

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2011 Glen Campbell: Ghost on the Canvas (Inertia)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2011 Glen Campbell: Ghost on the Canvas (Inertia)

Alongside his Alzheimer's diagnosis and a farewell tour comes this self-announced “final studio album” by the 75-year old legend whose career spans from LA session guitar work in the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE MONTY PYTHON AUTOBIOGRAPHY by THE PYTHONS(2003)

THE MONTY PYTHON AUTOBIOGRAPHY by THE PYTHONS(2003)

The shadow of the Beatles is cast long over Monty Python's Flying Circus. The late George Harrison always said he felt something of the band's spirit passed to Monty Python, which appeared on... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more