A Faulty Chromosome
As An Ex-Anorexic’s Six Sicks Exit, …
(02.2008, Self Released)
Verdict = The Best Band You Never Heard Of
I think A Faulty Chromosome’s debut, As An Ex-Anorexic’s Six Sicks Exit, …, should be the soundtrack to heaven by which I mean the soundtrack to eternal joy. Sound outlandish? Fine, if you don’t like it, go to hell and see how long you can endure that most recent Mammal record. In contrast, Ex-Anorexic’s Six Sicks Exit is infinitesimally replayable and immediately enjoyable. There is simply no end to which the album can be appreciated. So let’s run through some quick reference points because A Faulty Chromosome seemed to materialize straight out of thin air. Imagine the deep production and general joy of Evangelicals’ The Evening Descends coupled with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s general low key slackery and Blonde Redhead’s kind of daydream pop achieved on last year’s 23; then add to that the awesome techno that Steve Zissou pipes into his diving suit in Life Aquatic and I think you are just about there. In reality, I could use any number of indie rock and pop standards to make comparisons to A Faulty Chromosome, however, In the end they are going to come up short because there is an x factor here that is so subtle, if you blink you’ll miss it. A Faulty Chromosome aren’t here to bash you over the head with their pop perfect enthusiasm, on the contrary, on As An Ex Anorexic’s Six Sicks Exit the band is that geeky, soft spoken kid at the party who is kind of half dancing in the corner of the room and though no one at the party knows it, he is the kid who is going to end up getting the girl; he’s the coolest one in the room. Yep, humble, layered, shoe gazing indie pop/rock; not a revelation in the Moses and the burning bush sense, but more like the general realization that you’re smiling and you didn’t even know it. With A Faulty Chromosome life doesn’t seem that bad and you know what? While it isn’t the only album up there, it is definitely on the playlist in heaven. I don’t know if I can give this a higher recommendation - get this album…you’ll be glad you did.