Hands and Knees: Et Tu, Fluffy?
Hands and Knees
Et Tu, Fluffy?
Et Tu, Fluffy? creeps in on acoustic guitars and handclaps, and just over half an hour later creeps out again the same way, buoyed by a lovely hook played on a thumb piano. But for a record that comes and goes so modestly, nearly every song of the album’s eleven is a perfect little self-contained world. “Hot Little Item” blends a shuffle beat with new-wave guitars and a chorus that draws on “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” and “You Thought it’d Make You Feel Better” manages to fit the twisted boy-girl harmonies of X right next to Minor Threat and an amped-up Paisley Underground bounce. “Anywhere But Here” throws turbulent, noisy guitar up next to a tart and echo-laden female vocal performance, and the vocal performance on the 90-second long “Shove It Up Your Heart” is a tough little mash note to Exene Cervenka and John Doe of X.
I do suppose it’s odd to claim that the future is made of three-minute pop songs complete with handclaps, but plus ça change, I suppose. We don’t have jetpacks yet either. In any event, Hands and Knees have made a damn good charming and winsome little record, and kept their eyes squarely on making the eleven songs on Et Tu, Fluffy? as good as distorted, low-fi power pop is likely to get.
John Owen, Blogcritics
|MDRF016 | APR 2009 | 35:15 | Full Length CD|
|01. Midnight in the Applefield||3:14|
|02. Hot Little Item||3:39|
|03. You Thought It’d Make You Feel Better||2:20|
|04. A Great Pain||3:58|
|05. Blue Day Moon||3:20|
|06. You Got Pop, You Got Style||2:53|
|07. Anywhere But Here||2:37|
|08. Do You Really Need a Drummer?||3:57|
|09. We Are the Man Who Cannot Fly||3:36|
|10. Shove It Up Your Heart||1:34|
|11. Whatever Happened to that Beautiful City?||4:11|