Rowland, Jess / Scenes From The Silent Revolution
Album: Scenes From The Silent Revolution   Collection:General
Artist:Rowland, Jess   Added:Dec 2005
Label:Pax Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-03-26 Pull Date: 2006-05-28
Week Ending: Apr 23 Apr 9 Apr 2
Airplays: 1 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 16, 2011: lost and found
Happy Flowers
4. Apr 21, 2006: The National Congress Of Vaselines
Happy Flowers
2. Nov 30, 2007: Memory Select
Self-Adhesive Office Cubes
5. Apr 06, 2006: The National Library Of Vaselines
Bird Signs
3. Aug 17, 2006: Cognitive Overload
Happy Flowers
6. Mar 29, 2006: Mr. S's Wild Ride
Invisible / Anymore

Album Review
Clutch Newsome
Reviewed 2006-03-20
Rowland, Jess Scenes From The Silent Revolution Pax Recordings

Artsy-fartsy. But mostly farts. Ironic sounds, art noise/fuzz, synth beats, to the hippy (pink floyd, folk, & chanting). The tracks vary widely, so see below. Compare to My Country Of Illusion? Anti-corporate message only makes itself apparent on a couple tracks. 10 features "Let The Eagle Soar" by John Ashcroft. FCC clean.

*1 - (4:17) Alto fem vox. intermittently singing about corporations. Casio. Plodding, 70s, Pink Floydish beat.
**2 - (4:32) Instrumental. Synth rumbles and tinkles, fuzzy hints of d-n-b. Surprisingly good in a disturbing way.
3 - (4:18) Bare piano chords joined by modem glitch. 1/2way, psychedelic singing.
*4 - (5:45) Found sounds, samples. Cheesy strings. Spanish talking? A motor starting? A lame beat enters. 1/2way changes to drum beat over full orchestral sample, and Rowland chanting nonsense?, then low bass rumble and jazzier drum.
5 - (3:30) Electronic plunking. Rhodes chords. Vocal tones. Dissonant & wandering.
*6 - (1:34) Aeroplane radio transmission over rhodes cluster. Fuzz.
*7 - (3:30) Rhodes, jazz drums, and Rowland telling a story about corporations sponsoring the homeless to advertise...then the Z-trons attack. last 50 sec. instr.
*8 - (4:44) Lo-fi hippie folk guitar and singing. Then synth beat (incongruously) enters. Last 40 sec. reprise solo guitar & vox.
**9 - (4:45) Modern/Romantic tumble of piano. Sawed bass and humming in chantlike fashion. Repeated and trippy. Fuzz/noise, faint commercial.
**10 - (5:46) Sample 80's patriotic torch singing. . harsh beat. And then...."LET THE EAGLE SOAR", the great John Ashcroft rips it.

Track Listing
1. Om   6. Valis Interlude
2. Bird Signs   7. Signs
3. Invisible / Anymore   8. Vendicam
4. I Was Only Dreaming   9. Happy Flowers
5. Self-Adhesive Office Cubes   10. Ashcroft Vs. The Space Librarians