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AFTERCLOTHES: The third album out from this Chicago-based electro/synthpop hybrid, After Clothes features the single of the same name with some other songs peppered about and salted with remixes of "After Clothes" - including one by Die Warsau's Jim Marcus. ANJ are a triplet consisting of Andre (vocals, keys, guitar), Chris (keys) and Kaven (keyboards & guitar).
After Clothes is a fine release, even with four out of nine songs being "After Clothes". You'll however note that most of the mixes offered are distinctive and fresh. All retain some semblance of the original. The Jim Marcus remix for example adds a bit of bass-line funkiness and ups the complication on the rhythm. Meanwhile the Raw version takes the song into a more computer-driven stance, with highly controlled guitar riffwork and electro noodling. While the original song's melody is hidden and subtle, it is nonetheless there and is recognizable as "After Clothes".
Other offers here include "Virtues"; a laid back piece with hypnotic vocals and smooth movements. None of this song is power hungry and instead retains a melodic background with only occasional heavier rhythm additions used for a grounding effect. "Green" meanwhile opens with interesting fat-back drums and rolls into a smooth, mellow piece with surrounding metallic clicks and bubbling synths.