Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 6, 2008 at 9:00 am

Shy Child, Noise Won’t Stop (Kill Rock Stars, 2008)

Listen: “Pressure to Come”

Your enjoyment of Shy Child hinges on how much you love to wiggle and shake to the sound of two men attacking. The New York City duo’s latest, cheekily titled Noise Won’t Stop, often churns in an agitated half-time. Jerky, disjointed stabs of synth bang ricochet off the thump of the drums, and patterns, not songs, emerge from the onslaught. Vocalist/keytarist Pete Carafella’s “kick it like a kick drum” call in the Spank Rock-guesting “Kick Drum,” a squiggle of keyboard that suggests the giddy pop-rap of types like Lil Flip (“Pressure to Come”), the way the drumbeat responds to its own two-step in “Murder Capital” (“Everyone’s looking to the sky, trying not to die…”) — what Shy Child can’t fully realize on Noise, they almost certainly make explosive in a live setting, since it feels like that’s where these songs were born to begin with. (They’ve blown up considerably in England, Europe, and Australia, supporting acts like Hot Chip and Bjork.) As it is, Noise Won’t Stop is still a party. “Summer,” a late standout, should really be covered by No Age. But Shy Child’s plan of attack gets a bit predictable over the long haul. Patterns, not songs. — Johnny Loftus

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