Javelin - No Mas

by Amy Baker Rating:5 Release Date:2010-05-10

No Mas is the much eagerly awaited debut album from New York duo, Javelin and all I can say is that after several listens this album has left me thoroughly confused. Their 2009 album of demos Jamz and Jemz was released to rapturous reviews and so it is no surprise that fans of the demo album were keen to see what Tom van Buskirk and George Langford would come up with next.

After listening to Jamz and Jemz it seems clearly apparent that pretty much a third of No Mas is just rehashings of the demo album and you can't help but feel that this is a little bit of a cop out. Most noticeable being the opening track Vibrationz which has been beefed up to 3 minutes and this is the case with a lot of the tracks.

Javelin pride themselves on not having an easily definable sound and this could not be closer to the truth. Every song is a different style, whether they are sampling disco classics or channelling a smooth Rn'B vibe, each and every song is an audible hotchpotch of different genres. At times this is a little exhausting. The album immediately made me think of 'Since I Left You' by The Avalanches and this could be attributed to the fact that the cousins use weird and wonderful instruments to make their unique sound. So much is going on in this album that it takes a few listens to get your head around what is going on and to decide whether you like it or whether it is just too much.

Jamz and Jemz was a delight and fans of that may be a tad disappointed with this offering. Don't get me wrong, the early tracks on this album are great, particularly 'Oh! Centra' and 'Mossy Woodland' which are catchy and enjoyable but the later tracks that don't have any lyrics failed to hold my attention and it just all kind of descended into mindless beeping. However, it's hard to deny that the album has an upbeat, playful, summery feel and who doesn't like that kind of thing every now and then?

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