January 4, 2007

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Joemca, jum+ka
One Show Productions, 2006

More-screwed-up-than-you hipster- graffiti from Brooklyn, voice by Marvin the Martian nicking Bono, music inspired by the Swirlies (if you liked “One Light Flashing I Love You,” you’ve hit the jackpot), lyrics skewed by Joemca’s hanging around with Yoko Ono. Taken together it’s effective, although a little patience goes a long way toward glimpsing the robo-U2 panache leadoff track “Strangers” is shooting for; there’s a wobbly, bony iciness to the instrumentation that matches the frozen indecision of the narrator, particularly in the jitterbugging school-recital piano of “Glass Eyes” – you half-expect a pigtailed Russian gymnast to come somersaulting in out of nowhere (bawling her eyes out). “Dead Paradise” goes the funhouse-tilted-room route, adding techno scuzz-fuzz to 80s pop filler that rolls up with a recyclable Prince beat. Joemca’s gimmick is sharp gasping spliced in between nearly every line, lending itself to the overall sense of breathlessness that sees Thom Yorke’s histrionics and raises them a hiccup. A- Eric W. Seager