Monday, April 20, 2009
Album Of The Week: Enon - High Society
Well, Shane seemed to give me the green light, so I went ahead and nominated myself for AOTW...
Formed out of the ashes (literally - the singer died in a car crash) of cult US indie heroes Brainiac, Enon have been a staple on the Japanther stereo for several years now
Whilst hardly being 100% unique, Enon can be filed alongside Deerhoof and Blonde Redhead (in fact, singer Toko Yasuda used to be in Blonde Redhead) in your off-kilter-American-indie-band-with-Japanese-American-female-singer section. But for me, Enon have got the edge when it comes to memorable pop tunes and songwriting sensibility.
Released in 2002 on Touch 'N' Go Records "High Society" was their third album, but first with Toko on the mic. (and then not all the time) and for me, still their best. I love the unashamed poppiness, all round indie-ness and the boy-girl vocals give it that extra zip that makes them something of an American Delgados.
I managed to see them live in Shinjuku a few years ago and they had a real chemistry and understated star quality about them that made them instantly engaging and likeable.
Here's the obligatory (but rather sparse) Wiki:
and of course the MySpace:
Generic indie or pop genius? You decide.