THE ZOMBIC HUNCH
ALBUM BLOMKRAFT RELEASE: APRIL
20, 2005 REVIEW: MAY
get any unrealistic expectations here, hobby philosophers of the world.
Why Kin chose the title "The Zombic Hunch", referring to philosopher
Dan Dennett's expression for the nagging suspicion that consciousness
is separate from brain function, is beyond me. She may have Nature magazine
as bed reading, but none of that turns up in the music or lyrics of this
cunningly marketed pop product.
I know the demographic group that Kin and her team are trying to exploit
by presenting her uninspired pop with squeaky vocals as "electronic
manga pop". There is a growing subculture of very young goth girls
with cute Emily the Strange-bags and a love for Japanese shoujo comics.
Perhaps Kin, with her "cute crazy girl" image, is one of them.
At any rate I'm sure those girls have musical tastes far too interesting
for them to spend much attention on the affected angst and silly psychedelia
that is "The Zombic Hunch".
The songs are not bad for melancholic pop going nowhere special. Before
you know it the album is over, and you're only slightly disgusted by the
syrupy feeling that the production and Kin's vocals leave in their wake.
Perhaps that is what she has in common with (bad) Japanese comics?