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Archie Bronson Outfit Derdang Derdang [Domino Records]


Like a night of marathon partying that dissolves into gray pre-dawn light, the sophomore full-length from the UKís Archie Bronson Outfit, Derdang Derdang, tells of our often unfulfilled desire for human connection. Melding joint-fueled philosophical quandaries with post-modern sexual disillusionment and frankness, Derdang Derdang is a comprehensive album of both radio-friendly singles and meandering, reverb-heavy chants. The trio of Sam Windett, Arp Cleveland and Dorian Hobday recorded half of Derdang Derdang while crammed into Hobdayís bedroom, and the second half in the basement of an old farmhouse, with a result that reflects the concentrated elements of a young, male musicianís life: sexual frustration, an earnest quest for meaning, a fascination with rock ní roll history.