Topless Is More
Topless Is More aka T.I.M. is the fifth full-length album by Belgium's legendary De Portables, yet it's their debut full-length release for Stilll. It was recorded over a period of almost five years in three different locations. De Portables celebrated their 10th birthday in 2006 with a big sold out concert in the Ghent Vooruit (one of Belgium's finest venues). With amazing past records like Rosegarden and Girls Beware, De Portables have erased the imaginary line between post-rock, humor, pop and electronics. Their concerts have won the reputation of being unforgettable and blasting. The band has arrived at a point of creation where everything is possible; every style can be touched; every note can be held for hours. T.I.M. is an album of mysterious plots and strange twists and turns that leave you with one question at the end: "Who did it? And with what?" T.I.M. is an album filled with songs and stories, social criticism and bad jokes, hits and misses. T.I.M. is an album of familiar surprises telling stories about a drummer lost in the woods, frustrated lovers-to-be on a vegetarian barbecue, malfunctioning doorbells giving electric shocks, a strange Indian intruder, friendly cows in the zoo and random thoughts and philosophies on the nature of songs and making music in today's world. T.I.M. is probably one of the most prodigious albums of the year -- a tempered post-pop/rock storm fuelled with funky beats, unlimited waves of synths, guitars, drums, vocals and twists. It's a hit.