Red Painted Red - I Am Nothing
Mancunian duo Red Painted Red, emerging out of the ashes of the short-lived but vaunted Mantra, follow up their three EPs with debut record I Am Nothing. Twisted and ethereal, the nine tracks enclosed are full of haunting melodies and an adventurous approach to experimental pop; calling to mind the likes of Portishead and Kate Bush, or even Madonna's Ray Of Light album at times, it tries to position itself nicely between avant-garde weirdness and catchy pop.
But in bridging that gap, Red Painted Red become slightly unstuck in being neither one thing nor the other. I Am Nothing wobbles between the two without really creating much excitement, feeling more like a compromise between the two strands rather than a collaboration; the menacing drone of 'Misunderstood' does not sit too easily alongside the washed out and lifeless 'I Can't See', pulling the album unevenly on different directions. From whichever direction you approach it, I Am Nothing is a pleasant listen, but no more.