Projekt A-Ko - Yoyodyne
With various members' careers reaching back to John Peel regulars Urusei Yatsura, Glasgow's Projekt A-Ko continue to mine a similar seam as that earlier work, with their attention still seemingly split between looking west ("Hey Palooka!") and the east ("Ichiro on Third", "Otaku Blue") rather than take influences from closer to home. It's an album that's consistent in vision: entrenched in a basement of their own making, PA are completely oblivious to what might be current or trendy - this is their album and how they wanted it to sound.
If there are criticisms to be made, it's that so very little of their own personalities shine through. It's as if DeAgostini had published a 'Make Your Own Sonic Youth album' partwork, where every fortnight you get another element and slowly build your own version of Daydream Nation. "In issue one, get yr laconic Thurston vocals! Issue two comes with yr own languid Kim Gordon backups to keep! In future issues, learn strange guitar tunings and how to freak out at an appropriate moment! Free screwdriver!" Of course the downside is that you don't realise that it takes 52 issues (and thousands of pounds) to complete the project and most people have given up by the time you get half-a-dozen issues down the line ("Discover how to make yr drums rattle just like Steve Shelley!")
At the end of the day, Sonic Youth have made a pretty good career out of being uh ... Sonic Youth. That Projekt A-Ko have essentially made a tribute album to their heroes is testament to their continued distinctiveness and influence. Plenty of other acts ply their trade re-using the twin guitar attack of Iron Maiden or the buzzsaw riffs of the Ramones, so perhaps it's overly picky to look for something extra. Yoyodyne is a solid album that fans of the genre will find comforting in its familiarity.