A & C possess a Japanese-pop aesthetic, wanting to use everything they like in their music, and they realize that film is the perfect postmodern vehicle for musical hybridizers. In this celebration of commercialization and cheese, attention to detail doesnt start and stop at the music. This CDs deluxe booklet contains fabulously well-designed faux film posters, set in the style of the time and complete with directors, actors, reviewers quotes of admiration and reel-em-in slogans such as "Many Arms Make Light Work" for Shivas Daughters, a film that rocks and rolls to electric sitar riffs with a taste of cardamom and curry. And a round of applause, please, for Steve Korvers super-visionary liner notes to these nonexistent flicks. Who else could have cooked up a post-apocalyptic, short-lived TV show, "The Only Guy," with the last man on earth played by Fred MacMurrays twin brother Martin? Unfortunately, Martin MacMurray died halfway through the season because of the long lost (and deadly) film technique of X-Ray-Rama. But the movie theme lives on as lonely one-man vocals dancing on a barren beach to a solitary ukulele and the splash of waves.
Somewhere between these danceable, diggable, believable sound tracks, posters and notes youll find that Arling and Cameron have inspired you to supply your own movie imagery, completing a perfect collaborative package.
Anita Schmaltz writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].