Monday, July 7, 2008

Kaleidoscope Style

Album you cannot live without #4: Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kaleidoscope

1980's Kaleidoscope, the third album from Siouxsie and the Banshees, began the group's experimentation with electronic soundscapes and Middle Eastern exotica. This album marks the debut of the guitarist John McGeoch from Magazine and drummer and composer Budgie from The Slits (!!!) who later married and divorced lead singer Siouxsie Sioux.

The album features 11 songs with dark-hued lyrics draped by extraordinarily imaginative production featuring intricate synthesizer-peppered arrangements; psychedelic touches in "Christine," spaceship synthesizer swoops in "Tenant," and rhythmic camera clicks in "Red Light" all enliven their respective songs. Sioux's voice is electric and eerie, casting a spell to create a magical realm marrying goth, punk, electro and psych. She's Stevie Nicks for the
black lunch box set.

Check out the Happy House video here.