Influence/context: Cornelius, Inner City, Talk Talk, Stereolab, Beck, Yo La Tengo, Logic Pro 9
“Music World” is a new 38 min. set of 8 songs by Ever Ending Kicks. It was recorded over the span of 2 years at various locations in Anacortes, Washington. The songs were often glimpses through a grapple with disillusion and exasperation felt within a generation saturated with artists.
Sole member Paul Benson wonders:
"If everyone you know is doing it, is it still punk? What does it say about me that I live in a weird paradise surrounded by people who are varying versions of me? If I am not adding variety to the world why am I here? Does anyone else ever ask these questions?"
While these questions are a big reason for the album’s title, the songs deal with many other topics like history, minimal lifestyle, self-worth, and imperfect memory. We see a positive side of sheltering a fragile music lifestyle while going broke and feeling redundant in the real world in songs like Curb Again: “without proper bed comfort grows”.
“Music World” is also the name given to the musical intent of the record. It aims to conjure live performance in a space played by a band with instruments, but it is not that. While songs like Curb Again, Director’s Chair, and Recorded History are easy to imagine this way, there is a dry synthetic feeling to the whole record. But the extraterrestrial idolizing and mimicking the human is part of the charm, even the theme. For example, an excerpt from Director’s Chair sympathizes with characters wanting to belong: “…staring back/ alien in baseball hat/ Christian in distressed jeans/ de Corti as ‘Crying Chief’…”. We are confronted with their desire. Will we accept them?
"Music World" is foremost an attempt to incorporate confrontational and even funny musical choices into an end-product of relatable, no-joke pop music.