Aluminum Babe: 17

Aluminum Babe
17
(Lucero)

Aluminum Babe is a band of 1980s new wave anime robots. They are something altogether unique: a surreal mixture of funk/disco beats and ethereal vocals, with a few robots singing backup in beeps and waves. The feel of the electro-rock music is dark, but at the same time upbeat. Lyrics are bizarre, but ultimately come together. Any band that can cover the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” make it weirder, and do it well is a force to be reckoned with.

Aluminum Babe’s original tracks are equally formidable. “Infatuation,” spread out across tracks 1, 14, 15, and 16 is a work of finely honed madness that combines manic beats, and the lyrics of obsession. “Long Distance Love Affair” is the album’s true pop-material track, with a J-Pop feel to it. “Amphibian Girl” is a surreal look into the paradoxes of identity.

Lyrically solid, musically eclectic, and overall strange and beautiful, 17 is definitely worth a listen. Even if it is somewhat abrasive in its first impressions, Aluminum Babe creates something special in this album.