Album: Frank Genius is Star Struck
Author: Thomas Millroth
Frank Holger Rothkamm is a conceptual artist and electronic musician, originally from Berlin, but he has now worked in the U.S. for a long time. A lot of his work is quite an extensive project with a foot in art and in music. His expressions sound heavily electronic. It is no coincidence that he cooperated with Per Svensson of Sweden. This album however is wonderfully conceptual, it's fun and open. Go, please enter the Flux Records website and look at it almost student like the presentation of the disc. After listening to Ibitsus and DJ Olives brand new discs, I like this cheerful self-irony (and thus self-admitted) humor.
Twelve songs are presented in bouncy electronic pop costume - "Chelsea Girl", "La Vie", "Elvis", "Looking at the Bible" are titles that give an indication. He has mixed the recordings and put on his own text mixed with others. Known and unknown. Suddenly it sounds like Edith Piaf and the next moment it sounds like heavy metal. Sentimentality mixed with irony. The words give no deeper meaning, they repeat the cliches they are: "Give me a good hard fuck" repeated in "Looking at the Bible," "Fame and Fortune" is the overlapping end of "Elvis Presley", "Total perverse, Seigneur" is the entire text of "Ascending MegaBlast".
Frank Rothkamm has done a liberating album which also becomes a snappy comment on all the seriousness surrounding the experimental electronics and art scene he himself is a part of. So it is very good also, tight and swingy. It is a cruel rhythmic album with cutting sounds.
(from the original Swedish)
[ Permalink: http://rothkamm.com/review.php?ID=130 ]