Messages Sent Are Almost As Blurred
James Figurine - 55566688833.
Well shit. We've all been there -- drunk, mashing our sweaty fingers on the phone's keypad, trying to be as judicious as possible. Instead we smear our thumb into it, ending up with something like Jame's song title here, and what was meant to be a quick messages turns out into a drunkenly typed "lllooovvvveee."
This song here is about the economy of movement needed to type a message into your phone. James Figurine, aka Dntel, aka Jimmy Tamborello, has often used his Figurine persona to sing about technological woes. On the last record he was always singing about e-mail and IM. Now, in the '06, he's moved onto text messaging. He's also struck out on his own. This is not a proper Figurine record, rather a James Figurine solo record. What's the difference, you ask? Well, to be honest I'm not sure. I do here some female vocals here and there, but I'm not sure if it's Meredith Figurine or not. I know Jenny Lewis is on the record, but I don't think it's on this song. Erlend Oye is also on the record, and he sounds great.
What I like about this song it is length. A lot of the early Figurine stuff was very short, not allowing the melodies to develop and sink in. This track rolls in at just shy of 7 minutes, making it nice and long. The usual Tamborello tricks are doled out sparingly... glitches, synth lines, quietly throbbing bass wobbles. His vocals are there too, and they're executed nicely (sort of reminiscent of "Don't Get Your Hopes Up," for those of you playing at home).
At any rate, the James Figurine will be out in america on Plug Research in July. I haven't heard all of it, but what I have heard is definitely awesome. I think i'll be definitely worth the wait.