Songs That Sell Fish (Arrows Made of Desire)

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General Information

Artist: Arrows Made of Desire
Title: Songs That Sell Fish
Release Date: 2006, June 6
Label: Tag Team Records
Type: CDDA
Catalog No.: TT003
Language: English

Track Listing

  1. Truism
  2. The Logic of Smokin' Cigarettes
  3. Sleeping on the Bottom of the Bay
  4. Sober Monk
  5. King of Lonedom
  6. Consider it Done
  7. Lady Nutshell
  8. The Wall
  9. It's the Sweet Taste of Rejection
  10. Souvenirs from Another Planet


  • (c) that's Beijing Blog, Leon Lee, June 30, 2006

With a name taken from a line in Jimi Hendrix’s "Voodoo Chile", Arrows Made of Desire is 19-year-old Dutch expat Joewi Verhoeven’s one-boy band. The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has released his first full-length album, which was recorded entirely on his Boss eight-track recorder – this may only have been bettered by DJ Shadow, who recorded his first album on a Tascam four-track cassette recorder. Verhoeven’s lo-fi sound – stock drum machine sounds, low-end effects processors on the guitar and vocals – would normally induce goosebumps crawling all up and down the neck, but one gets over it when the crappy sounding drum breaks roll into hook after pop hook, as on the opening track "Truism". What is most impressive about tracks such as "King of Lonedom" and "Consider it Done" is that the tempo accentuates the melodies perfectly – pop alchemy in its natural state and sweet as can be. Verhoeven cites Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Polvo as inspiration (the latter’s trademark fuzz-jangled guitar chops can be heard on "The Logic of Smokin’ Cigarettes"). We would add K Records-era Beck (the boyish vocals and sardonic lyrics) and Ween (the drum machine, lo-fi production values and genre fun-poking like on "The Wall") to the list. Not bad for a 19-year-old kid.


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