GENRE`````EXPERIMENTAL, TRASH, ELECTRO-POP-ROCK,
I forgot to upload this brilliant album ever since my Instrumetales compilation. Lots of links were deleted recently so I decided to help keep this album flowing.
Bad Vugum's saga continues, this time with a release by Aavikko from Siilinjärvi, Finland. The group's previous record was a self-titled EP, interesting in itself because of its distribution: Apart from the hi-fi CD version, there was also a 7" version including the same songs but recorded on a lo-fi cassette recorder. Not only that, but the music itself was innovative: Aavikko was redolent of Add N to X's punkish qualities: acoustic drums and cheap keyboards playing songs strongly influenced by Russian folk music and Finnish synth-based themes. Derek! is a natural follow-up. The main concept is pretty much the same, but the production (if there is any) is better and the guys in Aavikko have a better idea of what they're doing. And although the sound quality is quite lo-fi, it represents Aavikko's punkish attitude and fits very well with the band's music. Melodies, which naturally are very important to Aavikko's music, are somehow naïve and childish, but then again it's intentional and the band itself possesses self-irony. Derek! is far from perfect; Aavikko still has a lot to learn and yet the band sounds innovative and new. Despite some limitations, Derek! is a great example of the notion that the most interesting music can be found on small record labels.
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