The Romance Is Over

(Squirrelgirl) Used CD $3.00

Music created with 21st century laptop precision which pays tribute to the lush orchestrations of a bygone era of schmaltz pop, combining the effortless digital wizardry of Norway’s Lasse Marhaug and the anti-crooning / collage of Canada’s Zev Asher, who elevate the eleven songs here from just another trip down glitchy memory lane to a full-on exercise in pop-music deconstructivism. They incorporate everything from Leonard Cohen’s back catalogue to B-grade porno soundtracks in cohesive and lucid fashion. It’s less Merzbow-lite than a slightly disturbing journey through an avant-garde pop music wonderland.