Review: Decorate Decorate – Instructions

Wednesday, 10 June, 2009

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‘A child is a rose is a name is a punch in the face’

Does this remind you of the author Gertrude Stein? Well this might be because this very author (along with Morten Nielsen, Michael Houellebecq and others) seems to be a source of inspiration for leadsinger Auring Grimm. He explores the lyrics to let the vocals be more than just an instrument of the band. In the text we find a lot of ‘letters’, ‘stamps’ and ‘words’. The themes are deprivation and love, but there are also themes such as dreaming and letting go (“Away”). I hear the Nordic desolation and melancholy through the album.

In “Brothel” the music is dragging you down, while you listen to the words ‘Look at the water’. I believe the way they drag the listener down to the water is intentional, and I think they succeed in their efforts often. Favourite tracks are “2000 Needles”, “Brothel” and “Away”. It may also be the catchy “Paper cuts”.

On the other hand “Montmartre” seems more blurred than raw, and “Different strengths of white” has many unnecessary effects and seems a bit too polished. It could be a matter of taste?

‘We are unknown addresses / and our hands / are full of letters’

Decorate Decorate have matured. Their mini-album ‘Normandie’ had indirect references to the darkness of Joy Division. Today the band plays more than dark rock. The vocals are British and the music has beautiful references to British shoegazer. Furthermore I must point out that the music and lyrics are more complex. It seems as if the members have opened up as a band. The feelings, presence and intensity are multiple and more various than before. The album is still growing on me.

Bonus: the new ending of “Europe has no heart” is actually a part from an early demo called “Eternity”.

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3 Responses to “Review: Decorate Decorate – Instructions”


  1. Dude how badly does this band want to be Psychedelic Furs + Nick Cave?

    Really badly.

  2. Mathias Says:

    I love the album, especially “paper cuts”. Do you have a source for the lyrics?

    Cheers,
    Mathias

  3. Scherz Says:

    Thanks for the comment. Nope. There are lyrics in the cover of the CD.


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