SALARYMAN
KAROSHI
ALBUM CITY SLANG RELEASE: OCTOBER 25, 1999 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 9, 1999


When rock bands try to renew themselves by using electronic instruments, the end result is often a cliched mess. But Salaryman, whose members have been playing together for a long time as indie rock band The Poster Children, is an exception.
Salaryman's new album "Karoshi" contains instrumental, partly electronic music that is more rock'n'roll than most conventional rock bands. After just a few songs, most electronica feels stiff and theoretical in comparison. Somehow Salaryman manage to sound both funky, sexy and very original.
With one powerful blow, Salaryman sweeps away the dry intellectualism of postrock and the annoying na´vetÚ of the current electronica. This isn't music that scratches its chin, it's music that wants to get down and boogie.

KRISTOFFER NOHEDEN