Filed under: Features, Leak of the Week | Tags: electro, MSTRKRFT, Peaches, Releases of the Week
I only need one word to describe Peaches’ new album—–flat.
“I Feel Cream,” which is set to release on May 5th, drags like a slug as it flashes boring bass beats and mediocre lyrics, which are laced with cheesy vulgarity. Title track ,”I Feel Cream,” is the only decent song because it rocks MSTRKRFT-esque beats to actual singing, rather than dull raps.
The video above is Peaches’ only accomplishment, “Fuck the Pain Away.” I remember the first time I heard this song while watching Bill Murray sit down in a Japanese strip bar during “Lost in Translation.” My first thoughts were: “Whoa, this is a weird song. Eeeewww, actually this is slimey.” I felt that way for a long time, and even to this day, I still don’t think this world is ready for Peaches.
Peaches’ biggest problem is its vocal energy. The chorus in opening track “Serpentine” goes like this: “I don’t give a fuck if you call me/ I don’t give a fuck if you’re following me/ I don’t give a fuck if you fall for me/ Serpentine–Serpentine—Never a straight line—Serpentine.” I ignore the fact that these lyrics are bitchy and annoying, and focus on how lifeless Merrill Beth Nisker’s voice is. It literally sounds like she is singing these lyrics with a straight face without blinking. She needs to raise her voice at points and let out emotion. This kind of song is novel to listen to—-for one song. After that, I tune out and watch syndicated sit-coms.
The best song on the album is title track “I Feel Cream” because the beats are more creative and Nisker actually hangs notes for once. The vocals in this song have more range than the rest of the album combined. The electronic beat sounds a lot like the one in MSTRKRFT’s “Bounce” off the new album “Fist of God.” I wonder why Peaches doesn’t use more long-range singing techniques, because in my opinion, it works a whole lot better.
This album isn’t even fit for a party. Take a whiff, and you’ll know these Peaches are rotten.