Barely art (label)
September 14, 2021 (published)
/ kuËl /
1. from or at a fairly low temperature.
2. show no friendship towards a person or enthusiasm for an idea or a project.
3. calm; calm
4. become or cooler.
Returning after a five-year absence (the self-proclaimed “quarter-life crisis” and the outpouring of “I want to grow up”), Los Angeleno Colleen Green returns in a hardened, surly and sparkling form.
Sometimes subtly channeling the absolutely marvelous melodies and the big screen sightings of such ‘shehemoths’ like Belly, Julianna Hatfield, Kristen Hersh and Voice of the Beehive, Green nonetheless marks his own authority, defiantly leaving permanent traces of middle and waist. footprints throughout the album.
On Gordon Raphael (The Strokes), crisply produced ‘Cool’ Green offers a biting (but never bitter) rock chewing gum, a soft plating with a hard center. Whether it’s majestically chewing on a premeditated pontificate or easing the burden of ejaculation (“before / after you …”), or sarcastically pointing out the ins and outs of a situation , doors and exits, to ask questions and deliver hard-hitting answers, the gloves are removed as Green resolutely breaks free from the shackles of a sour union, pointing out and describing the culprit’s many flaws, then spitting out the gum now tasteless. Literally and metaphorically, of course.
Beginning with “Someone Else”, the track has the dismissive and expeditious detachment of Viv Albertine, the boot is now on the other foot, the winning cards all held firmly now by the eventual winner. If played correctly.
If the Stooges wanted to be “your” dog, be servile with the tongue, and kept firmly on a leash, then Green’s philosophical hymn to the life of a dog is more calm and envious, the life of a dog something to be desired. cherish. The road as a path to take, to travel, to disentangle, a route to follow (if desired) informs the call-response of ‘Highway’.
Meditative, metronomic, motorik rhythm (cf Can, Neu, Cluster et al) has become a standard trope these days, with many lazy appropriations seeking to set the tempo of a song on low heels. However, ‘Natural Chorus’ is a superior specimen, high-five sci-fi sounds set to a story of resonance and (in) trance-dance.
âIt’s nice to be kindâ is a new wave karmic machine, its simplistic surface message belying the deep undercurrent that benevolence can provide. To each and all.
They say a change is as good as a rest and in Colleen Green’s case, it’s nailed down. Cool, calm, collected and in total control.