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Enon
High Society
Touch & Go Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Enon's 1999 debut Believo! gave us songs like the Midnite Vulture-ish "Rubber Car" and classic indie-rocker "Conjugate the Verbs," instantly bringing to mind a Beck-Pavement hybrid. Enon, based in Brooklyn, consists of John Schmersal (formerly of Brainiac), Ricky Lee (Skeleton Key) and Toko Yasuda (formerly of Blonde Redhead).

On High Society, the Beck references are still popping up, mostly due to Schmersal's ever-changing vocal style and programmed drum tracks that drive gritty booty shakers like "Native Numb," "Leave it to Rust" and the mainstream pop dis "Carbonation."

Once you've heard Schmersal sing in 101 different styles, Enon switches things up by passing the mic to Yasuda, whose female presence gives songs like "In This City" and "Disposable Parts" a more sugary feel, similar to that of St. Etienne or Cibo Matto. Continuing their script-flipping, Enon once again resurrects early Pavement with scrappy guitar hooks and flailing drum styles on the opening rocker "Old Dominion." The "Crooked Rain" keeps falling when they couple quirky lines like: "It's just a natural disaster that you've left behind/for the custom cake/for the steak and whine" with Schmersal's false falsetto on "Natural Disasters."

High Society's constant mix of programmed and live drums, noisy rock guitars, switching female and male vocals and make-shift electronics show indie-rock veterans Enon honing in on a style that puts the fun back in rock and the rock back in fun. High Society is recommended for fans of Beck, Pavement, St. Etienne, Brainiac, Pixies, Cibo Matto and the like.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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