Greetings. I’m DJ Michele Myers. Every Friday night at 9pm I host a show on KEXP called Nite Life. I hit the air with danceable sets for 3 hours, then at 12 o’clock I do a Midnight Album Spotlight. This Friday’s Spotlight will be on English trip-hop band Massive Attack and their third album Mezzanine.
This 1998 record has some of the best album art ever. The close-up of the insect is creepy yet beautiful. Best in its vinyl form, this artwork makes me really miss the cardboard smoothness of LPs, the tactile pleasure you get from them. The largeness of the art, and how it’s integrative because you have to open it, then pull it out of it’s shell. I wish they would make CDs with this feel. Maybe when the music on the internet scene has gelled, you’ll be able to print out an interactive art “kit” for each record. Just a suggestion.
To me “Mezzanine” is the missing link between psychedelic rock and electronic music. The rock element is trippy, ominous and has great lyrics about existence. A gritty kind of poetry. The electronic element is the best kind… warm, cinematic, with surprise hits that feel as organic as any unplugged instrument. And like all the best albums, this one works as a story from start to end. Here is a video of Massive Attack performing “Teardrop”:
Join Michele Myers for Nite Life every Friday night at 9pm on KEXP.