Brash & Vulgar In Flagranti
Brash & Vulgar. That's what you get when In Flagranti comes back with a second album. Still constructed piecemeal between Basel and New York respectively, partners in crime Alex Gloor and Sasha Crnobrnja undress punk on their standard sleazy disco fare with Brash & Vulgar, a follow-up to 2006's Wronger Than Anyone Else. In true Flagranti form, it's an irreverent balance of sex, dirt, distortion, dance, beauty and tongue-in-cheek humor, all wrapped up in a gritty, 70s aesthetic. Which aesthetic means deconstructed vintage porn.
"The image is always first at Codek," says graphic designer Gloor. "I make many collages, store them and then pull things out when a new project comes up." He takes his technique from 1920's German advertising. An artist would simply make and ad and leave the company name blank, showing it to clients who would eventually fill in their name. "That way everything has an off-feeling." Once the art is chosen, the tracks and their equally "off" names grow from the art.
"The first album was a cut-and-paste aesthetic," says Crnobrnja. Whereas Wronger Than Anyone Else was a collection of 12"s, Brash & Vulgar is indeed an album. "Our focus is not to be the best-produced record," he adds. "We use a cheap mic, a 4-track tape and we still make good music. We have never been in a studio for this project." [One of the vocalists] even provided her voice from bedroom in France. And if you listen closely there's no mistaking the reality of their sound. In brief, it lives up to its name.
Electronic / Rock / Indie Rock / Italo-Disco / Disco / New Wave / Deep House / House / Electro / Downtempo