Zookeeper Online

Find It!
Classic Search
Recent Reviews
A-File
DJ Zone!
Playlists by Date
Airplay Charts
Submit Music
Russell, Arthur / Calling Out of Context
Album:Calling Out of Context Collection:General
Artist:Russell, Arthur Added:06/2004
Label:Audika Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-08-16 Pull Date:2004-10-17 
Week Ending:10 Oct12 Sep5 Sep29 Aug22 Aug
Airplays:11123

Recent Airplay
1.Mon, 09 Mar 20:subroot
Soul, Samples & Substitutions
4.Fri, 12 Feb 16:DJ Muscat
A Visit From Drum (Valentine's)
2.Mon, 20 May 19:Otterpop
music to
5.Fri, 24 Oct 14:DJ Muscat
A Visit From Drum
3.Thu, 01 Feb 18:Sophie
Sound Landscapes
6.Tue, 16 Apr 13:DJ Moon Buddy
Moon Buddy

Album Review
Gabe
Reviewed 2004-08-03 
New wave pop with a twist. Russell worked mostly with small ensembles, used electronics often but never heavy-handedly, employed simplicity of form, and made music just on the narrow border between catchy pop and experimentalism. That Russell’s primary instrument is cello and yet one is hard-pressed to identify the sounds of a cello on these songs (except perhaps in the abnormally high-octave basslines) bespeaks the skillful use of FX. The drum programs definitely lend this an 80s sound but even they are so subtly used that the music doesn’t sound jarringly out of date. Russell’s singing meanwhile is barely competent but reserved, again blunting any potential “badness” into a minor foible.

1. Certainly evokes a deer in a forest, as the title has it – tentative, graceful, strong
2. Overlapping vocal bits (waves) over a solid but unspectacular groove (the cold water underneath)
3. Melodic
4. Charming ascents into falsetto singing amid squiggly guitar
5. Blippy pop
6. Vaguely R&B influenced with then pop icon, Jennifer Warnes, helping out
7. Cheesy synth blurps overwhelm the faux-funk and the trombone accents
8. Wan vocals on top of even more wan instro; the saving grace is the catchy synth
9. Slightly more gutsy funk
10. Totally electro drum program and such a polite vocal and gentle chimes; cool FX
11. Stepping a toe over that pop/experimentalism line, AR here is pretty rough with the cello, distorting it into a mildly grinding scrape
12. The “grownups are crazy” line is begging to be recontextualized; otherwise the song is a bit limp

Track Listing
1.The Deer in the Forest PT1 7.Make 1,234567
2.The Platform on the Ocean 8.Hope on Down
3.You and Me Both 9.Get Around to It
4.Calling Out of Context 10.I Like You
5.Armaroundyou 11.You Can Make Me Feel Bad
6.Thats Us 12.Calling All Kids