April 20, 2006 | Posted by mark at 09:57 PM

Messages Sent Are Almost As Blurred

MIstake Mistake Mistake MistakeJames 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.

Comments

This song features Sonya Westcott from Rogue Wave. Can't wait to listen to Erlend Oye's one

Posted by: maxcar at April 21, 2006 10:29 AM

when you were walking home yesterday and I yelled "your blog sucks!" from my car at you. . .yeah. . .i was just joking.

Posted by: benjamin at April 21, 2006 01:32 PM

I don't know where he comes up with the lyrics, but they are pure genius. The Erlend Oye track should be killer as should the whole album, but I must say I am a bit disappointed in the fact that this is a solo album and not a whole outfit contribution.

Posted by: Lyndon at April 23, 2006 08:50 PM

I agree about the track length, and find the back half particularly strong. But while I love the song's concept and highly anticipate the album, I join Benjamin in regretting that this is not a proper Figurine release. As good as this song is, it seems to be missing something, maybe Meredith and David's contributions?

Posted by: jon at April 24, 2006 05:35 PM

I don't want to seem like an ass, or get caught up with semantics, but James isn't apologizing for a drunken attempt to message "love", but rather is commenting on how, in order to type it, he would have to press four digits a total of eleven times just to type the word "love". That is, you have to press "5" three times to produce an "L", "6" three times to get "O", etc. ("55566688833 [=] L.O.V.E.")

You're exactly right: this song is about "the economy of movement" needed for text-messaging. What's great about this track is that it concisely describes a waning relationship teetering on whether or not one partner puts forth the effort to communicate with the other through something as simple as writing, and sending, the word "love".

All that is to say that I think this track has a bit more substance than a drunk-dial.

Thanks for sharing this one. On first listen (before reading your post), I thought, "say, that sounds a lot like Dntel", and lo and behold, it's Jimmy Tamborello. I admit I had no idea who James Figurine was, and I'm super excited to listen to the rest of this album and others. Especially if Erlend Oye lends his vocals to some tracks - I love that guy! Thanks again.

Posted by: mandy at April 27, 2006 10:23 AM

Mandy, you are exactly right! How could I be so stupid? I mean, I still like my idea, but in retrospect I should've totally tried spelling it out on my phone first and then it would've all made sense.

brilliant read and great comment. thanks for keeping me on my toes.

Posted by: robot mark at April 27, 2006 11:21 AM

444 55566688833 4448! 844266557777!

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Posted by: Ethan Schulz at April 29, 2006 02:36 AM

thanks for the mp3
i really was waiting for this new record so this little bit make easier the long wait

Posted by: cruel at May 10, 2006 04:45 PM

hi, i like this track a lot as well.
there's a new 7inch out as well of Jimmy as Dntel.
www.aim-records.com has it, also plugresearch.com

Posted by: tomson at May 17, 2006 01:44 PM
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