CD Psychogeography [Poem Rocket] (CD 998926),
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Psychogeography [Poem Rocket]

  • 1. Dirigible
    2. Reurbanization of Space
    3. Appeal to the Imagination
    4. Explosion Ex Cathedra
    5. Budapest
    6. Coronation of Ellipses, The
    7. Crappy Payphone Song
    8. Vardogyr
    9. Hip Pharmacy
    10. Subway Relocation Memo
    11. Horst Langer
    12. Karel Appel
    13. Zen Hum
    14. Magazine Man
    15. Intermission
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 123

  • Credits
    EngineerCraig Bowen; Adam Cooke

    Poem Rocket: Michael Peters (vocals, guitar); Sandra Gardner (vocals, piano, bass); Peter Gordon (piano, drums, loops).
    Recorded in February 2000.
    New York City trio Poem Rocket released Psychogeography, its third album and debut for the Atavistic label in October 2000. More straightforward but as uncompromising as ever, this CD contains 15 songs ranging from acoustic pseudo-ballad ("Intermission") to full-fledged noise rock anthem ("Reurbanization of the Space"). The band's best feature is still the complementary male/female lead vocals featured throughout the album. A reference to the more organized side of Sonic Youth is in order, but Poem Rocket also takes elements from the post-rock book, namely on the slow-paced opener "Dirigible." The basic guitar/bass/drums trio's sound is enhanced by a wide array of effects, studio montage, and tape loops that can turn what could have been a bland song into something like the haunting "Budapest." Vocals could have been more forward in the mix, as they get drowned in guitars at times, like on "Karel Appel." Psychogeography is packed with intelligent, energized, danceable, not-taken-for-granted alternative pop/rock tunes. ~ Franois Couture

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (1-2/01, pp.103-4) - "...The Rocket rises because it knows that sometimes it takes both noise and solitude to make a Sonic Youth City beautiful..."
    The Wire (1/01, p.68) - "...A beautifully recorded set....Harks back to the New York noise of the late 80s..."
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