Rebirth - previously unreleased. Tracks on Disc 6: 1. And the Comedy Bears 2. Song of Investment Capital Overseas, The - live 3. Riddle, The - live 5.
First Things First - live 6. March from the Dance - live 7. Hermit, The - live 8. The Winter Mix 9. Wheels Tokusa No Kandakara, Pt. Coda to Man and Boy - live. Also includes a limited edition extra bonus disc with other Born To Dissonance - various - Slave To Metal (CD and rare Art Bears tracks. Personnel: Kiyomi Yamada vocals, violin ; Brian Woodbury vocals, piano, synthesizer, vocoder ; Yasushi Utsunomiya vocals ; Fred Frith guitar, violin, viola, piano, harmonium, keyboards, xylophone ; Georgie Born cello, background vocals ; Kikuchi Naruyoshi, Alfred 23 Harth tenor saxophone ; George Lewis trombone ; Heiner Goebbels piano, synthesizer ; Marc Hollander keyboards ; Chris Cutler drums, tambourine, percussion ; Fabrizio Spera drums ; Graham Keatley loops ; Lindsay Cooper recorder, oboe, bassoon, soprano saxophone ; Tim Hodgkinson clarinet, piano, organ.
The Art Bears were a thinking person's rock trio, unfortunately destined to be also-rans during the age of punk's ascendancy. But for an outfit operating at the margins of popular music for less than two years, it turns out that the Bears left quite an impressive legacy, Album) evidenced by The Art Box, a Recommended Records set celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band's inception.
The collection is crammed with six CDs, not to mention a CD single and several booklets, that nearly burst the box's seams. The three original albums presented an adventurous mix of avant rock experimentalism, smatterings of noise and dissonance, British folk flavors, medieval imagery, and leftist, anti-corporate politics -- all distilled into the short formats of art songs with an occasional cabaret feel. In other words, not exactly Top 40 material.
The sonic palette is wide including guitar, violin, viola, piano, harmonium, xylophone, and bass But the most striking impression probably comes from Krause's vocalizing, about as antithetical to a conventional rock style as one could get.
A powerful singer with a wide range, Krause could also be viewed as strident and severe in this setting more In Praise of Learning than Casablanca Mooninformed by the seriousness of Cutler's "texts.
These are not "lyrics"! Inspired by medieval stone carvings, Cutler's lyrics are brief and direct, hinting at eternal dark mysteries and matched by music ranging from the frantic "Rats and Monkeys" to the absolutely haunting the closing "Three Wheels".
This is a showcase for Frith's uncanny multi-instrumental skills and reveals how supremely inventive he could be even in the briefest of formats. And the group was Born To Dissonance - various - Slave To Metal (CD still on an upward trajectory when The World as It Is Today -- the soundtrack to a nightmare brought on by world capitalism -- was recorded in late This is the Art Bears at their most political, still informed by the Brechtian axiom that had driven the latter-day Henry Cow: "Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.
And as for Dagmar at her most intense, her throat-shredding screams on "Freedom," even if electronically treated, would give Diamanda Gal s a run for her money. These three studio albums comprise only half of The Art Box. The double-disc Art Bears Revisited is a star-studded well, avant-garde star-studded anyway batch of remixes and "extra tracks" that might've been floating around in Cutler's sock drawer, with contributions from such usual suspects as Jon Rose, Otomo Yoshihide, John Oswald, the Residents, Bob Drake, Christian Marclay, and Annie Gosfield, not to mention Frith, Cutler, and a previously unreleased track by The remixes careen from the straightforward to the abstract, from the Spartan and meticulously arranged to the densely packed, yet there is always some logic involved and the similarity of the source material provides cohesiveness.
A number of remixers had access to the track masters but others used only the CDs and LPs as raw material, and Album) the latter cases the artists' ability to isolate and recombine sonic fragments is noteworthy.
Perhaps surprisingly, the live Art Bears tracks reveal that the band -- a studio-based project if there ever were one -- could literally stomp in a concert setting, and they draw a raucously appreciative reaction from the crowd. The Art Box is a comprehensive document of a band that represented what the best rock music should be: utterly uncompromising. Morgoth "Ungod" CD. Dehuman "Graveyard of Eden" CD.
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Varg "Guten Tag" CD. The opening 15 minutes that are vibrant and sweeping, but from Chariots of Fire onwards, the pace slows down and the musicianship gets more subdued. It's an almost ambient and minimalistic style that doesn't seem to fit the band too well and doesn't produce much memorable material. The title track tries to stir things up again but the damage is done.
The album shrinks to mere background music, which is not what you want from your RIO. Overall, the album is interesting enough to find out more about this band, but the next one will have to be better. Review by memowakeman Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. My introduction to this band was their "Sonic Geology", which is a compilation of their earlier stuff. And liked their peculiar style, which is Album) I wanted to know more about them. A couple of weeks ago I found this self titled EP, which is actually their first release ever, so here the roots of the band can be appreciated.
This EP was released in and features only five songs, with a total time of 16 minutes. What you will find here, is a combination of avant-garde music with some kind of post-punk, interesting. And that can be heard since the very first song "Sound Valentine" where a piano sound appears along with some kind of electronic drums, creating a tense atmosphere that in moments turns dark, the song is short and the structure is the same, but sounds interesting.
Let me tell you that here you will find a purely instrumental album. The next three songs are really short; they do not reach the 3 minutes. First there is "Transformation of Oz" where a piano and a farfisa appear interplaying with those electronic drums; it could be used as a soundtrack of either a terror or a science fiction movie. Next is "Drift" whose sound is softer and gentler in the first minute, later a kind of synth enters and adds some strange noises as background, creating again a nervous or tense atmosphere.
And this EP finishes with its longest song six minutes entitled "Triassic Jurassic Cretaceous" which again has that electronic drums that actually remind me to some Tuxedomoon passages.
There are plenty of odd noises here that can drive you crazy, but at the same time can put you in an intriguing even exciting mood. Those strange sounds create some images in your mind that could lead you to an imaginary story, but that's only me, who like inventing stories while listening to music. This is not the best introduction to the band, but if you want to listen to their first steps, you can get this self-titled EP. I like it and enjoy it every time I listen to it, but I do not really consider it could be actually recommendable, so I believe two stars is the correct rating, it is good, but just for fans?
Indy labels were the protectors of the spirit of prog. Billing themselves as electric chamber music, this band had more in common with Henry Cow than the Sex Pistols. Using a combination of guitar, piano, organ, synthesizers, a drum machine, and anything they could bang on, Birdsongs successfully created their own style, a curious blend of rock and avant garde classical.
The rest of the album is great. The songs on this EP are mostly short, and the drums were primarily done on a rhythm machine, the precursor to synthesized drums. But the music is spectacular. The two tracks released as lyric videos ahead of the album release -- Born in Dissonance and Nostrum -- were good, but they didn't stand out. Listening to the full album, however, I'm happy to report that this is one of my favorites among their albums.
It has their sig When people talk about extreme metal, they usually mean thrash, death, and black metal. However, doom metal and groove metal are a couple of genres that can be among the heaviest music out there yet get forgotten in Born To Dissonance - various - Slave To Metal (CD of extreme metal.
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