Thursday, September 22, 2011

Giraffes? Giraffes! - Pink Magick (2011)

Its here, and its a ripper! The new album from Giraffes? Giraffes! is out - their first studio effort since 2007.

I've been eagerly awaiting this disc for a long time. G?G! is one of my favorite bands of all time. Their stuff is super complex and mathy, but the melodies are what really sets them apart. They're not super obvious - they have some depth which requires a few listens to really dig into.

They seemed to take this a step further with Pink Magick. They get a little noisier and more aggressive than previous releases. While at first there are no "hit singles" that really pop out at you, after a few listens the rich complexity and depth is really apparent.

G?G! have also taken a more aggressive approach to production, using overdubs, looping, effects, and EQ to their advantage. There are shouts and bells and whistles all over the record.

While this record may not contain any iconic individual works, it is more consistent than their previous releases. More notes are played, making this record more subtle, if that even makes sense!

Pink Magick is available on Bandcamp.


  1. On full listen, I'm still not sold on them, but Totally Boneless and Koscinski's Requiem For A Golden Chariot are both gnarly. The Werewolf Grandma songs are pretty poopy (unmemorable), and they could really use some better production, but this much more likeable than earlier material.

  2. agreed on the production front. however those drums just keep getting better and better.

  3. liking the album more with every listen. there are some dull moments but there are some pretty fun songs.