Ever imagine what it might sound like if the Jetsons threw a house party? Apparently, Ima Robot has.
Ever imagine what it might sound like if the Jetsons threw a house party? Apparently, Ima Robot has. Its debut album is an imaginative mix of retro and futuristic elements. Facets of new wave, dance/electronic and punk—all punctuated by the animated, wailing singing style of frontman Alex Ebert—are prominently featured. Still, the disc is refreshingly difficult to pin down. Lead song "Dynomite" is a zany tour de force of synth-pop beats and driving guitars. The lovely, melancholic "Scream" rolls out like a ballad. And punk pandemonium ensues on the hook-intensive "Let's Talk Turkey" and "Philosophofee." Hidden track "Black Jettas" hysterically points out the scary association between girls and a certain German automobile. Overall, however, the lyrics are mostly nonsensical. Of course, this only adds to the wonderful eccentricity of Ima Robot's sound.—SA