PREMIERE: Vaguess, the Westworld LP?

English There are two albums seemingly hidden in Only Sleeping , Vaguess' new LP that I am pleased to be introducing in world premie...

English

There are two albums seemingly hidden in Only Sleeping, Vaguess' new LP that I am pleased to be introducing in world premiere. There are cowboy tracks that remind me of the excellent Have A Good Summer (2019). And there are more automated tracks, this is new. So... I could get started with a Westworld type of analysis, explaining that Vaguess brings a bit of country to the world of artificial intelligence, or... a bit of robotic intelligence to the world of cowboys. See. I could draw a parallel with Kurt Vile's state of mind, him who brings cultures together. 

But in fact, all these new songs meet the same imperatives of Vaguess' music: (1) they are raw, (2) they are pop. The brutality of his compositions is well known to all his fans. His 2017 album One Man's Trash is a little gem that I had described as "patient zero," the "original slacker". And while Vaguess spiced up his studio game with Only Sleeping, his songs avoid 2021 make-up. In a sense, Vinny Vaguess is one of the disciples of Robert Pollard (GBV), and that's excellent. But the novelty with this LP comes from the pop aspect which is reinforced on all levels. This is apparent from "Goodbye Summer" with its very humming bassline.

"Umbrella Girls" and "Linger" stand out to me. So, rather than venture into a shaky analysis, I asked Vinny the question: what is this album? He answered: "I'm retired from DIY records, but if some big wigs ever ask me to put one out, I'll always say yeah. But at this point, I just want to release everything basically the second it's done and just move on and wait for some asshole to try and put it in a car commercial".

Amen. Only Sleeping is not the album of a cowboy who arrives in New York, don't look for a parallel with the excellent Midnight Cowboy (1969). Instead, this LP is the one of a cowboy who arrives in the entertainment world. That's what makes it Westworld. What could be more American? Probably nothing, and that's precisely why Only Sleeping is excellent.


French

Deux albums se cachent en apparence dans Only Sleeping, le nouvel LP de Vaguess que j'ai le plaisir de vous présenter en exclusivité. Il y a des morceaux cowboy qui me rappellent l'excellent Have A Good Summer (2019). Et puis, il y a des titres plus automatisés, c'est nouveau. Je pourrai ainsi me lancer dans une analyse très Westworld, expliquant que Vaguess apporte un peu de country au monde de l'intelligence artificielle, ou... un peu d'intelligence robotique au monde des cowboys. Voyez. Je pourrai faire un parallèle avec Kurt Vile qui oeuvre à un rapprochement des cultures. 

En réalité, tous ces morceaux répondent aux deux même impératifs Vaguess : (1) ils sont bruts, (2) ils sont pop. La brutalité des compositions Vinny Diesel est bien connue des amateurs. Son album One Man's Trash (2017) est une petite merveille que j'avais qualifiée de "patient zéro", de "slacker original". Et si Vaguess a pimpé sa production studio avec Only Sleeping, on n'en retrouve pas moins des morceaux qui se dispensent de l'emrobage 2021. Vinny Vaguess fait partie des disciples de Robert Pollard (GBV), et c'est excellent. La nouveauté avec cet LP vient de l'aspect pop qui est renforcé à tous les niveaux. C'est ce qui apparaît dès "Goodbye Summer" avec sa ligne de basse très ronronnante.

"Umbrella Girls" et "Linger" me semblent particulièrement remarquables. Alors, plutôt que de m'aventurer dans une analyse bancale, j'ai posé la question à Vinny : cet album, c'est quoi ? Sa réponse : "I’m retired from DIY records, but if some big wigs ever ask me to put one out, I’ll always say yeah. But at this point, I just want to release everything basically the second it’s done and just move on and wait for some asshole to try and put it in a car commercial".

La messe est dite. Only Sleeping n'est pas l'album d'un cowboy qui arrive à New York, n'allez pas chercher un parallèle avec l'excellent Midnight Cowboy (1969). Non, cet LP, c'est celui d'un cowboy qui arrive dans le monde de l'entertainment. C'est en cela qu'il est Westworld. Que faire de plus américain ? Probablement rien, et c'est précisément pour cela qu'Only Sleeping est excellent. Ouais, la messe est bien dite.


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Tracklist: Only Sleeping (LP, 2021)
1. Goodbye Summer 
2. Concrete Plants
3. Ought To Know
4. Guest List To Heaven
5. Shit Country
6. Kimi Morricone
7. Feeding Hand
8. Golden Pastures
9. Anyone But You
10. Umbrella Girls
11. Better Off Alone
12. Linger

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