CD Sound Kapital [Digipak] * (CD 7047425),
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Sound Kapital [Digipak] *

  • 1. When I Get Back
    2. Damage
    3. Bury Me Standing
    4. Memories of the Future
    5. Serve the People
    6. What About Us?
    7. Repatriated
    8. Cheap Music
    9. No Feelings
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 881

  • Credits
    ProducerHandsome Furs; Arlen Thompson
    EngineerHoward Bilerman; Arlen Thompson

    Personnel: Arlen Thompson (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Jonas Verwijnen; Antti Joas.
    Recording information: Mount Zoomer; Thee Mighty Hotel 2 Tango.
    First off, the full-frontal shot of a naked woman on the cover of Handsome Furs' third album, Sound Kapital, hardly reflects their music. In fact, it might be a way of overcompensating for a more traditional record. For this one, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his wife, Alexei Perry, put down the guitars to craft songs entirely out of keyboards and drum machines, and this smoothed-out synth pop approach puts them in the same wheelhouse as mainstream acts like Phoenix and Hot Chip, which doesn't entirely suit them. The lack of guitars is the biggest change of pace from Plague Park or Face Control, but also, where the last was set in a post-Soviet Russian landscape, Sound Kapital was inspired by the last two years of traveling Asia. Aspects of J-pop and K-pop seem to have permeated their mindset, since, as an electronic duo, everything is light, peppy, straight-ahead, and modern-sounding, often to the point of sounding inhuman. As Boeckner repeats the words "I have no feelings" in the last song, he seems to be driving home a point. Prior Handsome Furs outings had a lot more emotion behind them. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.105) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Sweaty and urgent, SOUND KAPITAL is a snapshot of a dark world with hard-fought glimmers of euphoria."
    Spin (p.73) - "[T]hey're urban anthropologist, studying and blending the music of third-world centers."
    Alternative Press (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Practically seamless in execution, the worldly SOUND KAPITAL reaches its peak with the anthemic 'Repatriated,' an upbeat track ready for dance floors from Brooklyn to Bangkok."
    Q (Magazine) (p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Anthemic synth riffs and Boeckner's punky vocals speak a universal pop language..."
    Paste (magazine) - "It goes down smoothly and will keep your toes tapping until the very last beat."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "[This is] Handsome Furs' most passionate, committed album to date....Handsome Furs present themselves as a genuine, ready-for-the-floor synth-pop band..."
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