Album Reviews

Zambri – House of Baasa

on April 17, 2012, 7:58am
Zambri House of Baasa C+
Release Date
Label
Formats

House of Baasa is the full-length debut from Jessica and Cristi Jo Zambri, two Brooklyn-based sisters who have been making bedroom pop since before that was even a thing. The duo reportedly shared a room growing up, and House of Baasa is an attempt to capture and tap into both the music they made together and the worlds crafted through playtime. Judging from what lies within House of Baasa, Halloween must have been a memorable holiday in the Zambri household.

Opener “All You Maybes” begins with an anguished synth throb that swirls down toward the underworld. “Let’s go!” Zambri commands, but to where? The demented arpeggio that follows indicates that the destination is a Killing Joke-esque ride through a house of horrors. “All You Maybes” exemplifies how powerful an opening track can be, and in the case of Zambri’s debut, it pulls the listener into a new world with an inescapable grip.

While House of Baasa is an admittedly dark, twisted fantasy, the Zambri sisters also know their way around a pop song. “Places” takes a catchy melody and wraps it in a dusty sheet and rusty chains. Album highlight “ICBYS” is a musical battle royale. It’s ’80s synthpop versus industrial versus goth versus the most twisted of wraith-like electropop this side of Karin Dreijer Andersson, with no clear front-runner. “Hundred Hearts” keeps slow, spookifying its throb but losing none of its smooth, sensual heartbreak. If “ICBYS” is a surreal, dance floor-friendly standout, then “Hundred Hearts” is the slow number that offers a breather.

Just when you think you’ve grown accustomed to House of Baasa, the duo rocks you out of your comfort zone with the chaotic, all-over-the-map clatter of closer “You’ll Never Beat Dogs”. On House of Baasa, Zambri excels at combining the eerie with the fun, and the result is one of the more remarkable debuts of 2012. It’s akin to throwing a dance party at an abandoned haunted house.

Essential Tracks: “ICBYS”, “All You Maybes”, and “Hundred Hearts”

 

2 comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Mary Rose Zambri
April 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Awesome review!

Mary Rose Zambri
April 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

JUST AWESOME!!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,551 other followers