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April Fish - Blurred Album Review

26 Nov 2013 // A review by Petros

The question on the lips of the sheep is not so much a who; we know the dynamic duo behind the masks of April Fish are Wellingtonians Katie Morton and John Costa. 

After listening to their debut Blurred what the sheep are trying to define is what. 

This isnít a case for Google and their trusty side-kick Bing, unless theyíre interest is the origin of April Foolís Day. Even April Fish themselves have trouble describing their sound. Attempts include ďProgressive Alternative Jazzy Chamber-Pop-RockĒ and ďPart sci-fi jazz melodrama, part cabaret-rock fever dream.Ē

Listening to Blurred wonít help the sheep define the music either. Itís like nothing most people have ever heard before. At times itís chamber music, an operatic orchestration. At others itís the soundtrack to a 1930s Raygun Gothic Sci-Fi that was never made. Itís altogether beautiful in all its multilayered rawness and lyrically vivid. I've never played Catch-n-Kiss with a Piranha, but since hearing the Villain Not Quite Bad Enough to Hate I canít get the image from my mind.

Blurred is music that doesnít quite fit the candy coated norm, for people who donít swim in the mainstream by a couple of free thinkers who are not trying to be the next Natalie Imbruglia.

Even though handing a copy of Blurred to a Bieber or Cyrus fan is probably the best thing for them, itís like handing your Linear Algebra homework to an English Literature Major.

If you consider yourself an individual, a thinker apart from the rat race, if you appreciate unique music that doesnít make 15 year olds scream, if you think anything Amanda Palmer touches turns to gold, if you hate the words YOLO and Twerk, then I suggest you look up April Fish.

You can find Blurred streaming from their website (http://aprilfish.co.nz/music.htm).

About April Fish

April Fish, the avant-garde duo, is made up of Katie Morton, spritian keyboard virtuoso and lyricist extraordinaire, and Wellington Warr guitarist John Costa. They appeared, according to legend, amongst the drab grey brickwork of Wellingtonís Cuba Mall, circa 2010 and proceeded to drive a stake through the heart of a generation who grew up listening to True Bliss and their manufactured ilk.

In their first full length release they have given birth to a Kiwi album unlike anything youíve ever heard before.

Part sci-fi jazz melodrama, part cabaret-rock fever dream, Blurred gleefully milks all the musical sacred cows Kiwi artists have traditionally been afraid to, while spawning a unique New Zealand Gothicism. Blurred is at some points space opera, at others an unapologetic insight into New Zealand subculture attitudes towards status quo art; its poignant introspection and need to defy convention.

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