Little Miss Conception - "The Plate Glass Fallen Sky"
By Marcus Pan
Claiming to refuse being held back by "labels or other
boundaries," Little Miss Conception's Eve Kochav and Jenne try to create music
of a "goth/experimental noise." They try to keep to a rock format however, with
expected drum loops and moody guitars throughout. The Plate Glass Fallen
Sky is their first release since a 70-print run of Infected in '95.
It contains six of Little Miss Conception's new songs.
I had first heard of Little Miss Conception a while back
when I reviewed Kyan Record's terrible pay-for-play compilation, Praying For
Something New. Their song Cold, which also appears here on The Plate
Glass Fallen Sky, appeared there and I reviewed it thusly when I reviewed the
material on that compilation:
Little Miss. Conception - Cold
the ones that were nice enough to send me this compilation for review and you
can take a look at them to the right - my thanks to Eve for taking the time out
to do this. LMC's contribution, Cold, is a strange piece with influences
from a lot of different places. During the vocalizations of the lead singer
there are bell-like soundings that revolve around his low-pitched singing. The
guitars are played lively during lyric breaks with a high-pitched cry. The
drums are standard issue metronomics and the guitar riffs are SoM fare.
So already you can wonder where their "experimental" vibe
comes in when my first impression was summed up with words like "standard
issue" and "SoM faire." And likewise, the rest of the CD is similar, although
Cold is one of the louder tunes here.
The problem is simple. Not everybody can go into music
creation without any foreknowledge of its make-up. It takes a special kind of
person, a savant of sorts, to go right into the creation of music that will be
well received without training in such. I couldn't do it - that's why I've been
trained in musical theory, practice, arrangement and writing from the age of
eight. Eve, I'm afraid, can't do it either. But he forewent the training and
went right into the recording phase. Because of that I can't tell whether the
poor sounds of The Plate Glass Fallen Sky is a reaction to not being
properly trained to arrange his music, or whether he just should try something
new. And until a bit of musical theory, arrangement or appreciation classes are
added to his repertoire, we won't know.
Up front problems with the music here include the vocals,
which are done in a muted and whining fashion. The kick off of the EP, In
Bliss, isn't a bad melody insofar as the guitar goes at least at the
outset, but the bass and guitar arrangement later during lyrical areas are
clashing and misleading. It provides a rather uncomfortable sound, and I don't
mean in the way of mood. I mean in the way of arrangement really needing a huge
The songs begin to blend together after this - similar muted
and whiny vocals, similar guitar strumming with power chord occasions, juvenile
bass lines with too much arranged clashing between the guitar and monotonous
drums. Even lyrical content will remain similar throughout the CD. Always
railing against society, always looking in somebody's eyes, etc. The bass line
of Angel is especially infuriating in its simplicity. I don't remember
hearing it change once throughout the entire song. Not once. A bass guitar
should be treated like an instrument, not a metronome.
I think what we have here is an example of a musical
endeavor that rushed too quickly to the fruits of recording and therefore
spoiled fruit. Eve has a lot of musical learning to do before he
can provide an arrangement worthy of pressing to CD and has a bit more wisdom
to pick up along the way to provide lyrical content that has more to do than
what is provided here. None of this is bad - it's just truth. What's bad is
that in the rush to create music, the formalities of knowledge surrounding
texturing and arranging songs has been left out. There are hundreds of juvenile
garage bands in hundreds of esoteric musical genres that do the same thing. But
until you either button up some wisdom to go with your lyrics, or some
knowledge to go with your sound, that's as far as you'll get.