|Scrabbel / 1909|
|Label:||Three Ring Records|
|Add Date:||2005-08-28||Pull Date:||2005-10-30|
|Week Ending:||Oct 30||Oct 23||Oct 2||Sep 11||Sep 4|
|1.||May 01, 2007:||At Your Local Dive (live performance with The Finches) |
|4.||Oct 26, 2005:||Eels in the Loo |
|2.||Apr 17, 2007:||At Your Local Dive (live with The Fits) |
|5.||Oct 20, 2005:||Anywhere Out of the World |
|3.||Nov 01, 2006:||beat.net chapter 52.0: not your typical eran mukamel awesomeness [sub] |
|6.||Oct 01, 2005:||Biff Bang Pow |
Scrabbel - 1909 (Three Ring)|
Reviewed by Sadie O, 8/17/05
Melancholy pop with lots of strings, some 60's sensibility. Mostly the work of multi-intrumentalist Dan Lee, but with several guest artists, including Hellen Jo on cello throughout. Lee claims influence by Brit bands from the Invasion to Glam, but what comes through is more downtempo and downbeat in mood. I guess these ARE depressing timesŠ There appears to be some poetic feel to the lyrics, but I can't make out a lot of them (very gentle voice). Strings and acoustic guitar are generally in the forefront. Pretty enough and certainly of musical quality, but it will NOT get you, or anyone else, out of your chair and dancing. Couldn't hear (or imagine) FCCsŠ
Track 7 isn't bad, 1 is pretty good, 11 is quite interesting until the last 45 seconds or so, and 8 is interesting as well.
1. 4:12 **Starts off very 60's, Byrds-like sound, tempo and mood winds down halfway through.
2. 3:40 Slower, cello, violin, acoustic guitar. Mostly no percussion.
3. 3:48 A bit more upbeat, sounds like a Farfisa in the mix, bit of female backing vocals. Pretty enough and not too depressing.
4. 4:26 Starts off with bleeps, morphs into orchestral minor-key pop instrumental. There's a nod to Roy Wood (The Move) here, but less energetic.
5. 2:46 Slower, rather nice drum machine and ethereal backing vocals.
6. 4:19 Again slow, acoustic guitar and bells.
7. 3:22 **Folky strumming, picks up tempo and mood a couple minutes in.
8. 3:54 **Sounds like "Rite of Spring" (you know, the classical tune) until the drums kick in after a minute, clarinet/cello featured. Nice harmonies. Odd ending.
9. 3:04 Props for choosing the great Kinks classic, but the original has more glow.
10. 2:23 just acoustic guitar and kinda weebly vocals, ambient Muni station at end.
11. 4:53 **Electronic throb that eventually forms into a tune. Vocals don't start for almost two minutes. Fairly interesting. Silence at 45 seconds from end, then a BART announcement. What does it all mean?
(12 tracks of 4 seconds each)
24. 2:26 ukelele and vox to halfway through, then a nice bit of clarinet and shuffle.
|3.||Last Train||8.||All the Things We Have|
|4.||Save the Green Planet||9.||Waterloo Sunset|
|5.||Yo Yo Yo (Please Don't Fall||10.||Out of Time|