Outer Limits Recordings ‎– Foxy Baby

Label:
Not Not Fun Records ‎– NNF193-LP
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Lipstick Pink
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Credits

  • Artwork [Jacket], Performer [Outer Limits Recordings Is]Sam Meringue
  • Engineer [Studio Assistant]NUMUW
  • Other [Hair & Make-up] – Steven Lavender

Notes

Recorded Berlin, May 2008. An Outer Limits Recordings Production.

Lipstick-colored vinyl in trashy zebra-print inner sleeves,
in a jacket with artwork by Mr. Outer Limits himself.

Limited to 500 copies.

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chris.topp

chris.topp

March 1, 2018
edited 9 months ago
There are two ways you can listen to this album. The first provides superficial fun, the second has a melancholic undercurrent.

On the surface, this album is a groovy hypnagogic ride. It has all the hallmarks of that weird and almost forgotten micro genre: distant radio transmissions, wobbly lo-fi rock & party tunes blaring through the ether, sometimes swallowed up by thick static noise. It's enjoyable in a trashy kind of way, if you're in the mood for some fake 80ties hyperreality.

But I like to listen to it with other ears:

What this album captures with perfect vividness, is that feeling when you listen to a neighbor party through a wall, while you are lonely at home in a time when the possibilities of life seem to be out of reach. When you hear the fun on the other side, when everyone seems to live the good life, while you miss out and stare numbly into the void.

Everybody has been there, especially in our younger years, and a million songwriters have written songs about this empty feeling. But this album is not full of guitar ballads with sad lyrics: it's one big & perfect sonic representation of you sitting in that fucking room! The sound quality is bad and distant not because it's part of a hip genre playbook, but because there's a metaphorical wall between you and the party on the other side.

And all of a sudden, all that colorful hypnagogic hiss morphs into a subtle symbol for solitude, turning lo-fi irony into quiet melancholy. Listened with this in mind, it's an invitation to reflect upon these lonely moments in life. It can be a powerful introspective experience, which might sound weird if you consider how superficial these tunes sound on first impression.

But it can have a deeper meaning beside the carefree fun, if you decide to listen for the hidden layer.