|Falter Bramnk / Minimal Romance|
|Add Date:||2006-02-19||Pull Date:||2006-04-23|
|Week Ending:||2 Apr||19 Mar||12 Mar||26 Feb|
|1.||May 11, 2013:||Music Casserole |
Shleep On It (For R.W.)
|4.||Mar 09, 2006:||Rock in a Position |
Shleep On It (For R.W.)
|2.||Mar 28, 2006:||Eclectica: With Ashish |
Waltz For Lon Chaney
|5.||Mar 07, 2006:||eclectica: with south asians |
Headwork And Dancing Feet, Waltz For Lon Chaney
|3.||Mar 14, 2006:||Eclectica |
God's Garden (Psychelectropromantic Song)
|6.||Feb 25, 2006:||Biff Bang Pow |
Ainsi Va T'il...
Prog, of a sort, but this album is hard to sum up as a whole, as many tracks sound nothing alike, and many of the tracks feature significant changes in their own duration. Nothing quite as jolting as Naked City or Mr. Bungle's switch-ups, but enough to make a summary difficult. Some tracks (which ones are which are noted) sound like Hamster Theatre, Boud Deun, or projects by Edward Ka-Spel; there are techno elements in some and ECM-like jazzy soloing in others. Reading individual track descriptions will probably be your best bet.|
Best: 8, 4, 3, 1, 12 (first part).
1: Lighthearted with acoustic guitar, childlike keys; "bum bum bum" in the lyrics. Occasional some guttural grunts and a distorted riff enter, followed by a spacy part with sparse playing. Ends after some buzzsaw guitar riffing.
2: "Wacky" a la Hamster Theatre or their fellow-travelers (L'ensemble rayé; Cro Magnon; Louise Avenue). Whimsical melody and odd instrumentation. Has a very appropriate title.
3: Midtempo rocking prog-out, focus on the ensemble. Guitar and maybe violin? This is fairly similar to Boud Deun, though with a larger instrumental palette---shifting time signatures etc. Vocal interlude about 2' in is followed by a feedback solo.
4: Dedicated to Robert Wyatt. The vocalist here does an outstanding impression of his later sound---you won't mistake the one for the other, but it's very evocative and in the same spirit. This is synth-heavy, much like, in fact, Wyatt's recent work, and has a slow, laid-back tempo in the first half. Nice melodic violin playing. In the second half the tempo picks up with a bright, spritely bass line (though the bass timbre is frankly not so hot sounding).
5: Starts with some long sustained tones, sounds like maybe a slightly distorted organ. Drums come in after 1:15 or so and the track develops some dark atmosphere. Then, a percussion breakout, drums and mallet, with swooshy sounds to accompany; vaguely live techno feel. Ends with some ambient tones and samples of what might be waves.
6: Vocals starting this one out sound like hoarse shouting. Repetitive vintage keyboard line comes in with some groany sounds. Vocals in the main of the song are a lugubrious tenor. The parenthesized tag for this track ("psychelectropopromantic song") is fairly accurate, except for the "romantic" part. This has some minor-key darkness; it's similar in spirit to some Legendary Pink Dots or Tear Garden (and in fact the vocalist is a lot like Edward Ka-Spel).
7: Multisectional. Same lugubrious vox. Minimal backing at first (drums that sound machined, background drones, some violin), then at 2:05 starts changing to a slow sad harmonized solo (similar to Mike Oldfield's from "Little Red Robin Hit the Hood" in style, though this is slower), then a medieval-sounding section with wheezing organ and thumping drums; then a very Tear Garden-ish section, with a brief trumpet solo. This section ends the song with massing horns. (ends -:09).
8: Song is mostly in a chanteur-mode, with just vox and piano. Song in French. Some electronic blips and chaotic percussion rattle in the background occasionally, to very nice effect. Some nice slow & emotive solos: trumpet, flute, sax.
9: Multitracked vocals with a fairly active drum loop underneath. This is a pretty straightforward poppy track (except for the occasional outburst of noisy feedback from a guitar) in the beginning; after 2:20 however the drum track becomes increasingly prominent in its own right and gets treated in odd ways.
10: Opens with a high female vox sample; flutter winds and keys over odd-metered shuffly percussion.
11: Melodramatic vox accompanied by what sounds like toy tuned percussion and squiggly analog synth, with some clicks and pops thrown in for good measure. Ends -:11.
12: Two parts. Opens w/ acoustic guitar, operatic sample. Accordion, cymbal and keys all enter in at various points to give an old-country nostalgic feel. -5:00 change of gears; massed vocals, acoustic gtr and washes, not unlike what a more upbeat Morricone might produce.
Then -4:04, silence until -3:12 with a very short riff; silence again until -2:43 with the same riff on another instrument turning into a French-accented country-rock song. This actually goes to the end and is pretty good.