Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Head Like a Kite, There is Loud Laughter Everywhere (Mush, 2008)

Listen: “We Were So Entangled”

Seattle-area musician Dave Einmo’s second effort as Head Like a Kite follows the formula of 2006′s Random Portraits of the Home Movie, marrying easily digested electronic rhythms and production niceties to the beat of conventional indie rock. If you’re thinking that the result of that marriage might sound like a listenable, yet underwhelming blend of Eels, Beck, and LCD Soundsystem, you’re right. There’s nothing wrong with There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere, necessarily. Einmo and his collaborators usually locate a phrase to hang a scraggly guitar line on, which is then matched to looped live drums or processed electronic percussion; other times, they come up with what amounts to a typical indie rock song with a bit of electronic flair added. This album’s “Big FM Radio Hit,” for example, is a ringer for the last album’s Smoosh-guesting “Noise at the Circus.” But there’s nothing that really stands out on this record, either. Smoosh vocalist Asya even returns for “Daydream Vacation.” “Six Bags of Confetti” features the familiar “Wee-ooh Wee-ohh” keyboard setup, the blatant LCD-lite of “Listen Young Stunners” doesn’t live up to its cool name, and “Letting it Go on the Ohio Turnpike” helps fulfill the album’s non sequitur-sample-meets-swirling electronic figure quotient. It’s all passable, even listenable. But Loud Laughter rarely if ever causes question, curiosity, or even a sense of cool. — Johnny Loftus

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No Responses to “Laughing At, Not With, Head Like A Kite”

  1. Bill F. on July 4th, 2008 5:57 pm

    I think you are totally wrong. This album is great. I’ve had on repeat for 2 weeks and it’s only getting better for me. You might try getting your head out of your ass.

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