Thursday, 29 April 2010

Tenderoni // Kele Okereke //

In Bloc Party's later days, frontman Kele Okereke had tried to shift the band from it's original Sonic Youth-inspired roots to something far more danceable and electronic. Bloc Party's hiatus has allowed Kele to explore these new directions without any of the constraints of being a touring band; i.e. the songs don't have to be guitar based.

But listening to Tendoroni, the first release from the upcoming album The Boxer, Kele isn't so much "exploring" as following what has already been done: without even listening to the song the unusual name has been used by Chromeo, and the album title used by The National. The song itself is reminiscent of Bloc Partys later music like One More Chance as it seems lazy, the lyrics are essentially trite (here they are very similar to his lyrics on Your Visits are Getting Shorter) and musically uninspired. The synth, too, is exactly the same as the synth on Wiley's club hit Wearing My Rolex; this song is practically a remix. It has the potential to be a club hit, but that isn't saying much.

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