I’m not really sure exactly where to start this review, so I guess I’ll just start way back at the beginning. Back in the day I was a big Gameface fan (I still am by the way) so when (out of the blue) I got an email from former Gameface frontman Jeff Caudill about his new project, Floormodel, I was pretty stoked. And when I got the Floormodel disc in the mail a few days ago and put it on my stereo, I was (again) totally stoked.
Floormodel is an electro-pop duo comprised of Jeff Caudill (vocals/guitars) from LA and David Stoll (beats/electronics) from Germany and much like the Postal Service, they recorded Random Access Memories album without ever meeting in person. The album? Well, let’s get the obvious, “Hey this sounds like the Postal Service,” statement out of the way right here even though it sounds only as much like the Postal Service as any other post-indie electro-pop duo does, but if you are looking for a better comparison I’d go with The Notwist.
Stoll’s “clicks and beeps” (as my wife so fondly calls them) provide a wonderful and surprisingly warm backdrop for Caudill’s fragile crackling vocals and slight guitar in a way that is (as clichéd as it sounds) completely unique. Where the Postal Service (to me at least) has a neon glow where Floormodel’s sound is more akin to the warmth of a flickering candle. Maybe it’s the rasp of Caudill’s vocals or the simple IDM beats and loops of Stoll, but there is a palatable warmth to Random Access Memories.
Floormodel’s music (just like everything from Jeff Caudill) is emotional and resonates with me. It isn’t furious like Gameface, but more like reading letters that your grandfather sent back home during the war. Beautiful and moving.
MP3 | Floormodel – The Reason Why I Still Live Here Random Access Memories
MP3 | Floormodel – I Don’t Care If You Ever Say Goodbye Random Access Memories