Friday, September 17, 2021

Thin King - s/t (1989, Vision)

Ok, here's one from Switzerland.  Could be a first for this site, and what an interesting item Thin King were at that. Heavily reliant on organ (think Wurlitzer, or even Casio, but definitely not Farfisa) this trio go for an esoteric jugular wherein their instrument of choice lends their songs some much appreciated sway and whimsy. Don't go into this one expecting anything proggy, nor remotely classic rock - more like an indigenous stripe of leftfield indie pop, delivered with a charming Euro accent.  Mouthpiece and organ twiddler Hans Feigenwinter bears a slight vocal resemblance to Mitch Easter, purely a coincidence if you ask me, but worth a tangential mention if you're going into this one cold.  There's a myriad of hooky and appealing tunes here: "Till the Day Is Done," The New One" and "Goes Down," among others.  My copy of Thin King (and perhaps all of them) came bundled with a bonus single sided 12" featuring two non-album cuts, with the markedly edgy and aggressive "Isolated" being an instant hit with this set of ears. This appears to be a radio station promo judging from some of the sleeve markings, and it's a safe bet not many of these landed on North American shores.  Enjoy.

01. Steam Roller
02. The New One
03. Pop
04. Instrument
05. Till the Day is Done
06. Winner
07. The Call
08. Christmas
09. Goes Down
10. The Melody
11. Milky Ways
12. Polizei
13. Isolated (bonus)
14. Sucker (bonus)

https://www62.zippyshare.com/v/aS1jyfbC/file.html

5 comments:

Josef Kloiber said...

But that's an obscure band. You can't find a entry about the band at all. I'll see (later) how the music is.

EricC said...

@Josef Kloiber, there is a Discogs entry, but it is lacking in much information that isn't already on the pictures here.

This is so odd, kind of reminds me of They Might Be Giants, but only a little.

Josef Kloiber said...

Thank you EricC i must have overlooked.
Unfortunately the music is shit. Sorry but the expression is true.
1 track was enough to form a judgement.

EricC said...

I kinda like it, and I can't explain why. Maybe it's the sheer ridiculousness of it.

Josef Kloiber said...

Eric, don't care about my judgement.
The main thing is that you like it !