Album Review: The Jokers Daughter - The Last Laugh
A musical collaboration between singer-songwriter Helena Costas and producer Danger Mouse was always going to be unusual. The product - “The Last Laugh” by Joker’s Daughter, released on Team Love Records - doesn’t defy expectations; but expectations weren’t that high.
This is for an audience with peculiar taste (it isn’t just for anyone) and it is the perfect soundtrack to a bad trip, or an experience in a particularly sadistic fun house.
The medieval lyrics accompanied by freaky deaky tunes conjure up images of distorted mirrors and antagonistic clowns providing for an uncomfortable listen.
It is like an audio kaleidoscope, multi-dimensional and leaving you a little disorientated, yet for all this, it is somewhat weirdly beautiful. Maybe oxymorons are the best way to describe this record - it is ultimately up to you which side of the ambiguity you favour.