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Future Bible Heroes – I’m Lonely EP

Merge Records, 2000

Haha, now this is easy!  Folks, what I have not told you and what you are very imminently about to find out is that I am a full-fledged Stephin Merritt fan.  I’m not sure when I fell into the lull of the Magnetic Fields, but everything they have put out has been keenly listened to by yours truly.  In fact, pretty much anything with Stephin Merritt’s name on it I make an effort to seek out and certainly listen to with enthusiasm.  This includes all of Merritt’s side projects like the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and the Future Bible Heroes.  Lo and behold, this little EP was tossed casually in a dim, cheap location and I could not help but acquire it.

Registering just under twenty minutes for five tracks, this record continues the veiled melancholic style that Merritt likes to employ with all of his groups.  The Future Bible Heroes usually has a more electronic, busy sound than the Magnetic Fields, so it is no surprise that the title track is soaked with synthesizer beats and hurried pace.  It’s somewhat difficult to pick out all of the various parts and bits that this song is consisted of, but like “Blond Adonis” on a previous record, these Future Bible Heroes songs tend to be so excitable that they could be mistaken for a lower key club tune.  Well, I’d be dancing.  Merritt’s voice, which is one of the deeper ones in popular music, flows easily without concern throughout the song as if he really is quite fine with being alone.

The other songs on the EP continue the saturation of synth, with “Blue Hawaii” continuing the speediness that “I’m Lonely” started and “Cafe Hong Kong” starkly plodding along to Claudia Gonson’s cool vocals.  “Good Thing I Don’t Have Any Feelings”, which sounds as depressing as one might think, features Merritt at his deepest while he numbly tells off whoever it is that he’s impervious to the emotional assault of a break up.  Finally, a remix of “Hopeless” from their first record sends the listener off to a poppy happiness amidst the lyrics of despair.  Songs sound happy, lyrics are depressing as hell … this is great stuff, people!

I can’t necessarily recommend this as a must grab for dollar bin divers for it only has four original tracks and a remix.  However, none of these four tunes show up on the Future Bible Heroes’ follow up full length record “Eternal Youth”, so if you’re already a Merritt fan then perhaps this is worth a little bit to get.  If these songs don’t do it for you at all, well, I’m shocked perhaps you might like some of Merritt’s other acts.  For a group that doesn’t make a direct effort to make you feel one way or another, the Future Bible Heroes are worth a listen for those who like pop but feel that they’ve heard it all before.  Now if we could just get another 6ths album sometime soon …

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