Sub Pop's Triple Threat: Frausdots’ Couture, Couture, Couture
Mike Dague
4/2/2006 9:13:26 PM

They carry the 80's on their backs, they definitely like the Cure, and they're in love with each other. Frausdots, composed of Brent Rademaker and Michelle Loiselle, is a band that knows what decade they love the most. Rademaker, who happens to be a vocal close ringer to David Bowie, writes his maddeningly beautiful songs with his (at risk of sounding plebian) girlfriend, Loiselle, who used to sing back up for Gun's 'N' Roses once upon a time. Their dreamy, love affair of an album, Couture, Couture, Couture [SubPop] should be appealing to any fan of the Smiths or Flock of Seagulls.

Couture, Couture, Couture begins with an homage to America, as Brent mourns the fact that in the city, he can't remember his name. "I never learn to swim, I only learn how not to drown," croons Rademaker in the song, “The Extremists,” which boasts a fashionable chorus with hooks and chants throughout the song. In the song “Soft Light,” the band strategically uses back up singing to make them sound like synth-pop with gospel overtones. Not that Brent Rademaker sounds like an angel (or even a choirboy, for that matter), but it has a nice effect when Mia Doi Todd lends her vocals. “Current Bedding” includes some of the craziest carnival-esque keyboarding since the Doors came out with “Light My Fire.” The Cure's Roger O'Donnell contributes his musical styling to the song, “A Go-See,” which sort of has a California punk sound to it. Every song on the album wears the same attitude as the Killers do, and none are deprived of the magical air in which Frausdots write their songs. Couture, Couture, Couture is a beautiful album.


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