Say Hi To Your Neighborhood
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11Hopeless Bone 2:29
2La Boum 2:55
3Middle Class Hell 2:58
4Bartleby 2:51
5No More Egotrippin 2:58
6Time Don’t Move 2:23
7The Underdog 3:23
8The Familytree 1:28
21Smalltalkworld 3:27
2Melancholy Pays My Rent 2:07
3Nature Gives Up 2:24
4Bailout Burlesque 2:51
5The Only One I Know 2:36
6Everybody Has A Life To Lose 3:52
7One Last Kiss 2:33

What musical label can we slap onto Neoangin? It’s not Avignon’s cup of tea to choose a musical side. The artist considers himself more of a passionate chronicler and co-creator of our ever evolving pop culture. Taking elements from bubblegum-singalongs, DIY disco, playful electronic music, obscure New Wave sounds, wondrous keyboard meldodies and screeching guitars Avignon pieces them together into smashing pop songs—all without ever losing one ounce of lo-fi charm. You cannot resist these accessible melodies and harmonies. A few years ago Avignon decided that he felt most comfortable shuttling back and forth between New York and Berlin— had he chosen to relocate in London instead, who knows, he would have become one of the purveyors of the currently hip „Wonky Pop.“ „Say Hi To Your Neighborhood“ is Neoangin album number nine. The pop miniatures from the previous albums have grown up into real pop hymns. The songs talk of minor and major dramas, they are blurbs from the „middle class hell.“ Avignon turns Melville’s refusenik Bartleby into a song, in „No More Egotrippin“ he calls off the friendship to all career oriented friends, and in „Big Bailout Burlesque“ he sings about the comical side of the current economic crisis. The album was produced by Chris Imler and mixed and recorded by Norman Nitzsche (who most recently manned the mixing board for The Whitest Boy Alive’s new album) in Masha Qrella’s Villa Kurella in Berlin. Jens Friebe donated his guitar skills, producer Imler played drums on some of the songs and in „Small Talk World“ Avignon sings a wonderful duet with Kim Boekbinder. The familiar keyboard sounds and Jim’s unmistakable voice are offset by a 1970s era Omnichord that was bought on ebay and a Kaossilator that was purchased on the black market in Russia. As one would expect from Neoagnin the design of the cover and booklet are both elaborate and charming. Renowned animator Alex Budovsky, who recently won an award for best animated video at the Sundance Festival, made Jim’s characters come to life in the video for „Middle Class Hell“ in a more than congenial way. For the „Melancholy Pays My Rent“ video JIm and his colleague Jon Burgerman (together they founded the performance duo Anxieteam) snuck into New York’s famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel and filmed a pillow fight.