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Pele: EnemiesEnemies (2002)
Polyvinyl Records

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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Instrumental music in general is always a tough genre to tackle. Very few bands are ever able to create any kind of substantial fanbase, and those that do just tend to get weirder and weirder [I'm looking in the direction of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and their fans]. Pele, on the other hand, isn.
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Instrumental music in general is always a tough genre to tackle. Very few bands are ever able to create any kind of substantial fanbase, and those that do just tend to get weirder and weirder [I'm looking in the direction of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and their fans]. Pele, on the other hand, isn't trying to reinvent the wheel with their laid-back jazzy grooves - they merely want to see how many different ways they can spin it.

"Enemies" is the fifth proper release from this Wisconsin quartet - yup, you heard me right, they are now a quartet, with the additon of Jon Minor playing, of all things, computer. I suppose he's the one who is responsible for creating all the atmospheric sounds that ebb and flow throughout the album's 47 minutes. While there are technically 9 different tracks, they all sort of blend together in one gigantic indie rock symphony. You can always seem to feel when one song winds down and the next starts up, but none of it feels forced. The album sounds like it was recorded start to finish - I could envision the tracks in no other way.

The disc's artwork lives up to Polyvinyl's always high standards, utilizing what could be charcoal drawings for liner notes. It's all very soothing [although as I examine the back cover more closely, it looks as if the sketch of the drummer contains no pants], and adds to the overall affect of the release.

This music won't blow you away, nor will it have you singing along to the mysterious guitar melodies. It is the absolute perfect chillout CD, and is in heavy rotation on my "Sunday morning" listening agenda. Pele's "Enemies" has made one friend right here, and I bet they'll make more if you give it a try.

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relay1112 (June 19, 2003)

Actually, Godspeed You! Black Emperor shifted the ! in their name with the release of Yanqui UXO. So actually, you are wrong.

Oh, and the bassist for this band works at the CD store I go to in Milwaukee.

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

maradona is better.

- n'deso

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

could it be because Source Tags & Codes is a far better album than Relationship of Command?

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

if you need pitchfork to tell you what to listen to...i forget where I was going with this. 10 for Trail of Dead? Only a 6.1 for Relationship of Command? They do write entertaining reviews though....oh yeah, and the rest of Godspeed's work got at least 9 from them, smart guy.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

godspeed is so good.. raise your arms mothafucka

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

my gay friends would call this music for artfags. in a non-homophobic way...

waste_elite (October 29, 2002)

"THIS GUY STILL KICKS ASS AT SOCCER."

that comment was priceless

maverick (October 29, 2002)

Actually, you're wrong, Pitchfork fucked it up on their review of the newest release. Click here if you don't believe me.

-Scott

abileneINlove (October 29, 2002)

Actually its Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

This guy still kicks ass at soccer.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Best Instrumental Album ever= Black Flag- Family Man....Greeg Ginn is a genious.

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