Galactapus: You Better Not Cry (self-released, 2021)

December 11, 2021 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Galactapus: You Better Not Cry

Willfully bizarre Christmas-themed music from a bunch of weirdos from Minneapolis. They dress up in weird costumes and sing with weird voices, and they remain anonymous, so it’s not hard to compare them to The Residents, but I like this better. They deconstruct familiar yuletide standards, playing offbeat synths and toy instruments, and repeating some lyrics rather than sing the songs straight. They open the EP with an evil-sounding song about joy. “Santasm” is short and ends in an explosion. “You Better Watch Out” is a synth-punk laser-fest which repeats the first line of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. “You Could Have Been Nicer” gets pretty chaotic and not all that Christmas-y. “Sleep In Peace” is a pretty stunning “Silent Night” which starts noisy and droney and then turns into goofy minimal synth a la Crash Course In Science. “Gingerbread Man” is a mega silly song with cartoon sound fx that basically sounds like it was actually made by a gingerbread man. “Masters of Joy” is goofy art-punk. “Sugar Plum Soldier” is a “Carol of the Bells” with drum machines and a voice saying he told himself he wasn’t going to cry this year. And an unexpected shift into a weird shouty part at the end.

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