Rocketmann ! ‎– Rocketmann !

[PIAS] Recordings ‎– PIASB 080 CD, [PIAS] Recordings ‎– 941.0080.020
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A Felix Da Housecat production from The Radikal Fear Fear Vaults 1995.

℗ 2002 Play It Again Sam [PIAS]
© 2002 Play It Again Sam [PIAS]

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  • Barcode: 5 413356 218022
  • Label Code: LC 07800

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April 17, 2014
Imagine everyone's favourite French electro pop darlings Air remaking Felix The Housecat's "Metropolis Present Day", and you're quite close.

"Rocketmann" is like a mirror image of Felix' classic album, flipping it around 180 degrees. The club aspect shifts mostly to the background (not on "Black Hole" though, which is a funky club track with dope vocals), and those wonderful melancholic miniature pop songs and experimental interludes which where only hints on "Metropolis" suddenly take the main stage and bloom in spaced-out sonic beauty.

"Rocketmann" is a funky electronic space drama with a good measure of afro-futurism. The figure of the space traveller works as a canvas on which emotions are thematised.

Melancholia, loneliness, hope, loss, wonder, love, paranoia, nostalgia ... its all here, wrapped into rather short musical pieces, all of which showcase a very diverse and distinct musical ideas on their own, but nonetheless also drawing a very coherent "big picture" across this fabulous little album.

Vocals are omnipresent, but applied in quite different ways - be it as a meditative mantra ("Rocketmann ... take me home ..."), a sung poem ("Stars We Saved"), spoken word ("Cyber Talk"), in a ballad ("Visions Of Utopia") or classic uplifting vocal house style ("Black Hole").

If you loved "Metropolis Present Day", be sure to add this little overlooked jewel to your collection.