Frausdots 

Couture, Couture, Couture (Sub Pop)

Scientists estimate that by the year 2006, 23 different bands will have released albums bearing a sticker that reads: Featuring members of Beachwood Sparks. In the past two years, we've seen several bands split off from the seminal spectral-country faves: The Tyde, with their synth-heavy take on surf culture; the Mystic Chords of Memory, who explore gentle bedroom pop; and All Night Radio, whose Stereo Spirit Frequency stands as a bright light of 2004.

Which brings us to Frausdots, the project of Beachwood Sparks bassist Brent Rademaker. Couture, Couture, Couture takes a darker turn toward atmospheric mood music made with post-punk guitars and airy, ambient keyboards. Unlike Rademaker's old band, this outfit sounds more like Echo & the Bunnymen than the Flying Burrito Brothers. Adding to the '80s eyeliner influences, Rademaker and bandmate/girlfriend Michelle Loiselle reportedly fell in love at a Cure concert, and Cure keyboardist Roger O'Donnell contributes to a few tracks. Despite these connections, there is nothing overly gloomy about this record, and the band kicks some new life into the Interpol formula of heavy guitars and dour delivery. Rademaker proves an able frontman, and Loiselle's background vocals give wings to these songs about big-city life. While the album drags on occasion, it transitions nicely to sunnier, pop-centric numbers. Frausdots may not be your favorite Beachwood Sparks bastard child, but this album is a testament to the seemingly boundless creativity of that band's original members.

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Riverfront Times has been keeping St. Louis informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Riverfront Times. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Speaking of...

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 1, 2020

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation