I really am conflicted – is this the best album title of the year? Or is it the clunkiest? Even the song titles are truly insane: paeans to kitchen devices (“Talking Hoshizaki Blues”), “Mr. Baby” (sadly not a Fatima Mansions cover) and the one that tops them all, opener “1/2 Retarded Tuner of Hurricanes”. It seems almost churlish to have to concentrate on the music when dealing with such signifiers; nevertheless, this release on Planet Mu is a beautifully somnambulistic electronic pop album, brimming with vocal effects, hushed piano minor chords and dense compressed percussive effects.
The Internal Tulips are comprised of Brad Laner and Alex Graham, both of whom hitherto have recorded under the Electric Company and Lexaunculpt monikers respectively before aligning their talents for this release. While none of the tracks are as remotely bizarre as their titles suggest, the duo have crafted an accomplished left-of-field pop album which is consistently unpredictable without ever becoming contrary for the sake of being contrary.
The album is spliced with occasional obscure dialogue, foreign languages and gently strummed acoustic guitars lending the gently buzzing electronica an emotional impact oft lacking from present day psychedelia. Interestingly, The Internal Tulips rarely seem to be looking back; the album is refreshingly free from 80s synth throwbacks and is thoroughly a creation of the noughties. The press release claims “Grizzly Bear as produced by Autechre” and while it doesn’t reach the alchemical heights of Autechre at their best, “Mislead Into A Field…” is certainly capable of giving critics faves Grizzly Bear a run for their money.