Single Review: Big Deal – Talk

By on Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at 12:00 pm

Having been released in demo format back in 2011 on Moshi Moshi, there is now a touch of post production jiggery pokery to what was not the stand out single of Big Deal‘s 2011 debut album ‘Lights Out’. The boy/girl, acoustic/electric dichotomy – saturated in Americana – lends itself to a forgivably self important form of adolescent whimsy present on much of the album, whereas ‘Talk’ feels blunt both lyrically and structurally.

What is often implied to (but left subtly unsaid), is laid bare in the chorus lyrics “All I wanna do is talk/but seeing you fucks me up”, with an impatient lack of depth, as with the stripped mimicry of the guitars. It’s mirrored in the sepia, soft core surgical vignette directed by Yoonha Park to accompany the single release, which sees the tellingly ambivalent Alice Costelloe perform some sort of minor, metaphorical, procedure on band mate Kacey Underwood in Generic Warehouse B, like she’s stealing a kidney.

Having toured extensively throughout 2011, and with both SXSW and the NME awards under their fraying guitar straps in 2012 (and more planned for May onwards), Big Deal are driven by a sort of unrequited, discordant chemistry that lends itself to a live setting (my review of their Lexington gig in November 2011 here). Fans of Moldy Peaches, She and Him and even Giant Drag may find solace in this dusted duet but, like a repainting a picket fence, a thicker gloss doesn’t necessarily tell the same story as its cracked and worn predecessor.


‘Talk’, the new single from Big Deal, is out now on Mute.


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