The Music Of Robot Monkey Arm
Review by Crystal Connor
I usually review horror movies but when I was offered the opportunity to review an album for the band Robot Monkey Arm I took it.
The most interesting thing right off the bat is that the album is broken up into three parts, it’s like a musical anthology because each section is different in tone.
Robot Senza Nome!
Track 1: l’automa 02:07
Track 2: il brutto 03:40
Track 3: la bella 01:07
Track 4: Titoli 06:10
What I loved most about part one besides everything is that it’s all instrumental. This is the type of music I can write too. Its eccentric, dark, a bit Gothy and at times a bit jarring but nowhere near in a bad way. Part one immediately brought to mind The Mars Volta. My favorite track from part on is il brutto
Cinema Vomitif & The White Mask of Doom!
Track 1: Cinema Vomitif 04:31
Track 2: Kill The Cutie 02:54
Track 3: Deliria (the final girl) 04:08
Track 4: Vengeance Of The Sweater Girl 03:11
Cinema Vomitif sounds a little like a song for a car chase from 70s action movie. The tempo is really fast and drum heavy but then with a 3rd of the way left to go it slows down and then picks right back up for the finale!
Kill The Cutie is hard to describe but I liked it, the undercurrent of the song seems to have Schism (Tool) running through its veins.
I listened to Deliria (the final girl) like five times is a row. The male voice of the vocalist on this track is hypnotic and the butterscotch tone of female voice of the background singer complements his perfectly. This was my favorite track
Vengeance Of The Sweater Girl
In memoriam to those we’ve lost and those we don’t remember
Track 1: The Psychogenic Stomp! 02:35
Track 2: Dance Party Ending 01:53
Track 3: l’epilogo (in memoria di Anthony de Mello) 07:00
Track 4: APOEε4 07:38
The Psychogenic Stomp! is super catchy and punky, had me singing along before the song ended I really liked it. Dance Party Ending is rockabilly all the way and I’m pretty sure that, hands down, was my favorite in the set. I say pretty sure because the close runner up is l’epilogo, its very orchestral and whimsical. The final track APOEε4 starts off with the piano and then just fades into the sounds of the ocean coming ashore.
I would recommend Robot Monkey Arm to my sister and most of my friends. We’re a little on the snobbish snide up here is Seattle when it comes to alternative music but I’m confident that Robot Monkey Arm could en mass a pretty large fan base here in the Pacific Northwest.
I would have bought the entire album but because its broken and sold in three parts I purchased the 1st one because it’s my favorite out of the trilogy.
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Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at: