Kitchen Tea Thankyou - Minimum Chips
Russell Degnan

It is somewhat suprising that a band of this quality can be around for ten years and only be releasing its first full-length LP, but somehow Minimum Chips have managed it. Needless to say they aren't a mainstream band. Prior to this album, the two songs I'd heard were the maundering Friends and Niccone; the latter because as the background music to the ACMI/NGV 2004 exhibition I heard it (and loved it) a lazy forty times in a week. [1]

Their album, helpfully found in its entirety on their website, has no songs quite that good, but is a dreamy, pleasant listen nonetheless. Marked by the consistently high and long notes of Nicole Thibault and the even longer organ playing, Minimum Chips are a band apart from most others. Their music conjures up images of couples relaxing near rivers, or in medieval city streets, filling in for dialog in movies where the writers know better than to try. Despite the shortness of most songs, Minimum Chips have no pretensions of radio airplay (RRR excepted), and as such, there are no songs that really standout. But you won't regret a listen. Defintely worth the time it takes to download their back catalogue off their website.

[1] For those wondering, Friends and Niccone can be found on the SBS Whatever Sessions I and II

Track Highlights
Marble Arch Funky, syncopated combination of guitar, organ and singing to create a neat package.
Nic Nax Slowly, slowly, grows on your consciousness. Increasing the beat and depth till you drown in it.
Treats The longest song by far. A fascinating mix of jazz-inspired percussion, synths, organ and guitar.
Goodbye Great upbeat tune that sounds like the musical interlude of a Doors song, without the belted out chorus to bookend it.

Finer Things 14th March, 2006 00:26:29   [#] 


Kitchen Tea Thankyou
Russ, do you realise that in Firefox, you blog is miles over to the right.
Tony.T  14th March, 2006 15:06:39  

Which version of firefox are you using Tony? I am on and it is fine (well the image is to the right but who cares, it is designed for a width of 800). Everything should be on the left.
Russ  14th March, 2006 15:43:33  

slight change
I just changed the table width to 90%, so hopefully that will fix it for you. And make it easier for people who don't mind long lines of text.
Russ  14th March, 2006 15:55:14  

Kitchen Tea Thankyou
No, it wasn't a long line of text. All the text was in it's usual blocks, but way over on the right.
Tony.T  15th March, 2006 17:43:44  

Kitchen Tea Thankyou
I gathered that, what I meant was I changed the stylesheet so now there will be long lines. I can't work out the first problem though. It works on firefox at home and on various incarnations at work, and on IE. So, in the grand tradition of tech support, I'm going to ignore the problem. Unless you can point me in the right direction that is.
Russ  15th March, 2006 22:14:55