#56 dEUS – Hotellounge (Be The Death Of Me)

As elegantly cool as an oversized cigarette hanging from the lips of a sixties supermodel dEUS possess all the elements for rampant creativity yet they mask the sweet spots behind a elaborately tailored smokescreen. This is great if you prefer your thrills to be slightly inaccessible, yet this characteristic has shielded the band from a less than inquisitive public. ‘Hotellounge’ is a case in point; it has the usual Velvet Underground references, unsettling undercurrents and a map that swings from tense scene setter to a cathartic dancehall full of musicians from purgatory. While such an apocalyptic description may seem alarming it’s hard not to be taken in by the boisterous playing that features an elastic bass, Sonic Youth feedback, slow/fast tempo and Tom Barman’s Oscar winning vocal performance. Don’t play this before the 9pm watershed. KD

dEUS – Hotellounge (Be The Death Of Me)

Album: Worst Case Scenario
Year: 1994
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