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On “I’m Homesick Sittin’ Up Here in My Satellite,” Toronto’s Doldrums have created a track that sounds like someone took the year 1965 out for a night on the town and got it way too drunk. It’s a giddy, goofy, cacophonous mess of a thing that sounds like it’s going to spend the entirety of 1966 with a massive hangover.
Doldrums is the brainchild of Canadian artist Eric Woodhead, whose artwork included creating videos and websites by fictional bands. One of those fictional bands decided to cover Portishead’s “Chase the Tear,” which managed to catch the attention of and greatly please Portishead themselves. The resulting attention caused Woodhead to change Doldrums’ status from fiction to non-fiction.
With “I’m Homesick Sittin’ Up Here in My Satellite” Woodhead runs the Mad Men era through today’s modern pop-culture blender mentality and re-creates what the world must have felt like to Barbara Eden’s Jeannie when astronaut Tony Nelson released her from her bottle after centuries into the world of the mid-’60s. Esquivel-style space age bachelor pad music butts up against the primitive garage rock stomp of bands like The Monks and John Barry spy movie soundtracks, while Woodhead yelps a hallucinogenic tale of being stranded in outer space that Will Robinson could relate to.
It’s a wild and woozy mash-up of elements that hangs together despite the fact that it spends its entire running time sounding like it’s about to explode into two hundred different directions–not unlike the era that it evokes. “I’m Homesick Sittin’ Up Here in My Satellite” sounds like the first hand account of an outside observer watching a society as it begins to realize it’s tired of its own company and wants to do something else.
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