Brash & Vulgar. That’s what you get when In Flagranti comes back with a second album. Still constructed piecemeal between Basel and New York respectively, partners in crime Alex Gloor and Sasha Crnobrnja undress punk on their standard sleazy disco fare with Brash & Vulgar, a follow-up to 2006′s Wronger Than Anyone Else. In true Flagranti form, it’s an irreverent balance of sex, dirt, distortion, dance, beauty and tongue-in-cheek humor, all wrapped up in a gritty, 70s aesthetic. Which aesthetic means deconstructed vintage porn. “The image is always first at Codek,” says graphic designer Gloor. “I make many collages, store them and then pull things out when a new project comes up.” He takes his technique from 1920′s German advertising. An artist would simply make and ad and leave the company name blank, showing it to clients who would eventually fill in their name. “That way everything has an off-feeling.” Once the art is chosen, the tracks and their equally “off” names grow from the art.
“The first album was a cut-and-paste aesthetic,” says Crnobrnja. Whereas Wronger Than Anyone Else was a collection of 12″s, Brash & Vulgar is indeed an album. “Our focus is not to be the best-produced record,” he adds. “We use a cheap mic, a 4-track tape and we still make good music. We have never been in a studio for this project.” [One of the vocalists]* even provided her voice from bedroom in France. And if you listen closely there’s no mistaking the reality of their sound. In brief, it lives up to its name.
Produced by Sasha Crnobrnja & Alex Gloor
Recording, mix & mastering: Sasha Crnobrnja
Additional edit’s Alex Gloor
Pop-up box, graphic design & videos: Alex Gloor
Publishing: Top of the month music (ASCAP)
In Flagranti – Brash & Vulgar
In Flagranti make neo-punkfunk the way it should be made; with no regards to structure or formality not as a rehash of tried and tested Mutant Disco templates. Not as fabulously fractured as their debut 2006′s ‘Wronger Than Everyone Else’ nevertheless there are more ideas and experiments in here than a million Bloc Party Lps. And with song titles such as
She Bend Each Leg Alternately (sic)
I Can Thrill And Delight
A Piece of False Morality
I Hadn’t Screwed Around Before
And the fantastic ‘ooh I’ll have to loose weight luv’
There’s an inkling for what you’re about to hear, good knock about funky filthy fun produced with European style with a New York attitude. Marvellous! -myweb.tiscali.co.uk/swine