This, their newest record, has been out for several months and still shows no signs of an upcoming US release. The record starts out with the single "Can We Start Again?", which has done very well at WZBC as a 7". The other 8 songs on this CD have a sound more akin to the traditional sound of the Tindersticks than that 7", which was much more upbeat pop than the Tindersticks are known for. Tindersticks sound is smoky, with a hammond organ out front, and the croon of Stuart Staples behind. The record is very good, and it is now ours to enjoy.
December 7, 1999
Like a female vocaled (& Spanish) Andreas Dorau; that is, electro-pop par excellance with a twist of humour. Late last year the local label Sealed Fate brought us a 10"/CD by Astrud. That record took many of us with surprise with it's new wave feel and great female vocals sung in spanish. Now we have La Monja Enana doing it all over again, but making it seem as fresh as if we've never heard these sounds before.
21 song compilation with Quigley, Gnac, Lazerboy, and many others playing top notch studio mood pieces that are challenging, not just soundscapes; these are fully developed songs by bands who seem to operate in a different arena than the verse chorus bridge one that is so familiar to us all. I really could have gone on and on about this CD because it is so good, but the very experience of this CD is not to do that; the experience schools you to just accept it as what it is and enjoy it in your own way. I hope you do just that and get to spend some time with this disc at the station or in your home.
Here's what their website starts off by saying about them "LA’s The Fur Ones deliver quiet, minimalist, tropicalismo-flavored ambient pop perfection that seems to have evolved from the same family that gave rise to Air’s Moon Safari, High Llamas’ Gideon Gaye or even Brian Eno and Jah Wobble’s Spinner". This single is on the Japanese label Motorway, a label which seems to excel in pulling the chestnuts out of all corners of the world. Listening to this 7" Los Angeles is not where you would picture the band living. They sound like a European easypop band who happen to have a great lead vocalist (Christina Blackaller). All three songs are good, though I find the A-side practically irresistible.