The Freelance Mentalists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
  A note on your account
Renminbi is led by guitarist-vocalist Lisa Liu, and her group is named
for Chinese currency, which makes our maxxed-out world go 'round (so far).
Appropriately, on Renminbi's first full-length
album,"The Phoenix," voices and lyrics are distant distress signals,
carried along by the melodic sweep, swoop, and crash of guitar, drums,
and synthesizer (no bass guitar needed, not with the incisive shadings
of SMV's keyboards). About half the tracks are instrumentals, but they
all bring the sound of your strongest doubts, faintest beliefs, and
vice-versa, into a butt-thumping, well-timed (though obsessive)
post-punk workout. don allred
 
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