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Boy from Brazil - Pointless Shoes

Released on tigerbeat 6 -- August 30, 2005

Pop the Boy From Brazil disc into a laptop, and even before iTunes can finish unsuccessfully querying the CDDB database, a video file called 2001balls.mp4 appears on the desktop. Launch the file, and be promptly treated to a 10-minute industrial-avant-noise… strip tease. Razi, the front for the electronic one-man act, swaggers on stage shirtless, sporting a dog collar, silver elbow length gloves, and leather hip-huggers (short-and-curly's exposed, of course). Nary a body part is left to the imagination as Razi sidles back and forth across the stage in exhibitionist frenzy, muttering incoherently, occasionally spelling out relevant words like F-U-C-K, undressing, redressing, and strangling himself with the microphone cable. All of this happens over a numbingly repetitious bed of trashy industrial sonic nails.

The impression given by the music on the CD is similar to that of its flamboyant DVD feature. Although quite a few different styles are referenced (from rockabilly to new wave), the feel is decidedly low-fi and avant-garde, primarily due to the fuzzy synths, jagged sound effects, and sharp industrial drums.

Vocally, Razi seems to be following in Iggy Pop's sing/speak footsteps. His lyrics are overtly sexual, and fit well with Boy From Brazil's lascivious aesthetic. However, they say that seduction is all about subtlety, and Razi's attempts at subverting this concept aren't always convincing. Consider lyrics like: "When you come down on me, and I go down on you…" and "She grabs a pocket vibrator when she walks through the door…" and "It's not about sex, I just like the smell of latex." Prince is about the only artist out there that can pull this kind of stuff off, and even he sometimes walks the fine line.

Boy From Brazil is a difficult project to approach. The music itself can be quite interesting; especially in the ways that Razi integrates various styles into his sound. However, the lyrics are alienating, and often make it difficult to finish a song. Boy From Brazil carves out a niche though, and over-sexed fans of industrial, trash, or noise-rock should give it a listen.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars