Institution D.O.L. - With her I had some tropical feelings
when I first put on Institution.d.o.l. I thought to myself, my this is some nice dark ambient. It's noisy and atmospheric and loads of depressing umm unfun. Well actually I and heard another album before this and that was the one I wanted. Squid had played it for me and I thought wow this is just great. He then tried to force With Her I had Some Tropical Feelings on me, but I wasn't having any of that I wanted the other one: And I would settle for nothing less. Often in the past Iíve been proven to be quite the fool, and quite the fool I was. For this was the album that would stir my emotions and remind me of something good. For, although at first, I thought it was merely regular industrial ambient it was far from it. It came to the last track and my mind was fully blown, it is seriously one of the strangest tracks I have ever heard. Karaoke(we were having some fun at the local bar) sounds like basically someone doing karaoke to a country song with a Nintendo style bleeping underneath then some weirdo beats and eventually a rumbling bassline. The juxtaposition of sounds is truly unique and exciting. I think it captures better than anything else the ideas behind the project. I.d.o.l. is meant to be a challenge and critique of star culture and you really can't get any more antithetical to stardom than karaoke, as it is the one place anyone can have their five minutes of glory. You don't have to be famous or even good to get up and sing. It takes fame down a few notches which seems to gel with the ideology of the band. So, although the dark ambient soundscapes are nice, evocative and intense, the last track will truly open you mind to the glories of the world: the need for less fame, anti celebrity worship.
Vizgig @ november 2006