Black Fiction / Ghost Ride
Album: Ghost Ride   Collection:General
Artist:Black Fiction   Added:Aug 2006
Label:Howells Transmitter  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-08-06 Pull Date: 2006-10-08
Week Ending: Oct 8 Oct 1 Sep 24 Sep 17 Sep 10 Sep 3 Aug 27 Aug 20
Airplays: 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 10, 2011: Treeswinger Radio
I Spread The Disease
4. Nov 29, 2007: At Your Local Dive
Magic Hands
2. Mar 15, 2009: Music to Make Babies To
You Must Not Bury Someone
5. Sep 29, 2007: Scatterbrain Radio
Great Mystery, Magic Hands
3. Aug 09, 2008: Scatterbrain Radio
Black Fiction
6. Aug 02, 2007: At Your Local Dive
Something Else

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-08-06
Psychedelic, genre-blending art pop (aka a happy mind fuck). Velvety male vocals either solo or in odd harmonies and sometimes complex arrangements. Mostly acoustic instrumentation that keeps morphing in bizarre ways. Highly original, each song fascinating, but not at the expense of heart. Local (SF) band led by Tim Cohen. Home-recored onto analog 8 track. Play with Lone Pigeon, The Vells, Animal Collective, Ariel Pink, Akron/Family, Brian Wilson, Fiery Furnaces, Eels. Whole album kills! Start with 4, 7, 9. FCC clean.

1. Hip-hop vibe with prog jazz instrumentation. Deliciously off-kilter mix. Insistently rhythic. Octave harmony vocals, slow fade at end.
2. Slightly demented psych lullaby turns into surreal euro-folk with heavy breathing. Weird glitchy start. Some ominous, unison harmony vocals. Fades.
3. Folk song morphed into trippy filmic ballad. Starts with guitar arpeggio, then heavily echoed vocals. Ends with a bit of percussion.
==> 4. Happy dark pop, a la Eels. A theme song of sorts (includes the phrase “black fiction). Angst-filled, drugged out vocals. Starts with synthetic percussion.
5. Psychedelic folk with lost-love theme. “Gonna throw myself into the sea.” Starts with acoustic guitar, finger snaps, and electronic whine. Gets weird and dark at end. Ends cold.
6. Retro ’60s melody, but insistently percussive. Nasal male vocals. Morphs into weird Indian/trip-hop chimera. Starts cold. Slow fade at end, then a few secs of silence.
==> 7. Falsetto, R&B vocals plus hip-hop percussion... and synthetic steel drums and fluttery electronics. Starts with heavy, solo bass guitar for first 20 secs. Slow fade, then a few secs of silence.
8. Trip-Appalachian. Synthetic jaw harp, real harmonica, and banjo (real or synthetic... I can’t tell). Octave vocal harmony. “Listen to the poor man sing/Music is a terrible thing.” Starts cold. Slow fade with about 7 secs of silence at end.
==> 9. Mid-fast & romantic, with percussion mixed low. Falsetto vocals and dense instrumentation like Ariel Pink. Starts cold. Gets very echoey at end... and stops cold, mid-echo.
10. Ariel Pink cum Beach Boys. Falsetto vocals. Dense & lush & romantic. “I believe in miracles.” Starts quietly. Instrumental at end, then slow fade.
11. Singer/songwriter ballad. Poignant denouement. “Dead people are all the same. They think that life was only a game.” Starts with acoustic guitar. Full (acoustic) band comes in with a minute to go. Guitar note fades at end, then singer stands up.

Track Listing
1. Great Mystery   6. You Must Not Bury Someone
2. Magic Hands   7. I Spread The Disease
3. Ghost Ride   8. Carry Him Away
4. Black Fiction   9. Something Else
5. You Can Find Me   10. There Is A Light
  11. I Hope You Never Die