review = B
The Soiree started as the one year anniversary bash for Flatblack.net, a Las Vegas collective of artists, musicians, neon city hipsters and other creative types. It turned into much more.
King Cartel kicks off the CD with their hard hitting, new millennium beatnik rock - an edgy, signal processed guitar sound that is both mind bending and danceable. The Reunion’s lushly textured, neoclassical acoustic soundscapes add a touch of elegance, while Los Trios De Nada’s beyond-punk brand of Captain Beefhart fueled art rock fills the catharsis quotient mandatory at any gathering of -artistes-. The Meloncholics get funkydory and lighten up the vibe with their neatly crafted, acoustic guitar driven ‘kid’s music for adults,’ and Zen Exit takes the pop/rock -electric- with a couple of the CD’s best tracks: the polytextured, hypnotic grooves of "Crazy Sirens," and the Soiree’s most festive party buzz - a horn driven, shake-yer-booty carnival of sound called, "Off Too Often." Corrupt Data’s aggressive, zipper-down-the-middle-jumpsuit brand of hard edged techno is the perfect set up for the Soiree’s grand finale - an extended dose of absolute weirdity from post-industrial shock-poets, Broken Machine. Recorded live - Soiree L’Orange (so named because many of the performers -coincidentally- wore bright orange clothes), is a wonderful snapshot of the local scene - no time capsule will be complete without it. ###