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It's a label showdown!
Metronomicon Audio vs. Jester Records - Round 32
coverpic coverpic Koppen: Let's Eat Crazyroom!! It's Time To Be Cool Like A Boy!!
  (2006 Metronomicon Audio: MEAU.0032.CD)
vs.
When: Pearl-Harvest
  (2004 Jester Records TRICK-032)

Welcome to round 32 in the label showdown series between Metronomicon Audio and Jester Records! Since we've more or less totally missed out on reviewing the output of these two great labels, we are going through their entire catalogues, matching the releases from each label consecutively against each other. Humorously counting goalsIt's a GOAL! and giving out yellowOooops, a yellow card! and redOooops, a red card! cards, soccer style - but first of all reviewing the music. For more introductory information on this label match, see round 1.

Match preview
Let's Eat Crazyroom!! It's Time To Be Cool Like A Boy!! is presented in the typical Metronomicon fashion - a CD packed in a flexible plastic sleeve with a cardboard folder and paper inserts.
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The When release comes in a CD jewel case with a booklet with art & info.
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The match

Yo! Hit the buttons ... roll it out ... Koppen is back with another smurfy rap collection, following his previous Fashion Statement which frankly didn't go very well down with this ref. "Damn Right!!" features some of the toylike Casio synth sounds that goes straight through my head only causing brain wave turbulence. "Chimpira" is more organic sounding and sounds much better just because of that, but it's also a bubbling mish-mash with Arabic twistsIt's a GOAL!. "Bacon" is nakedly arranged, mostly percussive with a greater focus on the vocals, and when the sax drops in it's funky all right. "Ugh! Indians Vs. Cowboys" is trapped in an arcade gameOooops, a yellow card!, "It's Fishy" is rapping about food and healthy eating, suggesting fish instead of meat, as far as I can tell. By now my headache is noticable, but I hang out through "Swedish Mud" and "Hogtie", and the sax solo in the funnily named "Rick Out The James" is only marginally helping, until "Oschlo Times Ten" ends this cheesy DIY hip-hop excessOooops, a yellow card!.

To sum it up: I'd wish the lyrics were printed, to get a better impression of what Koppen is rapping about. I hear them as mostly humourous and quirky and only occasionally serious, which also could be said about the music. The latter makes me long for a calm session of pan flute Oooops, a red card!, which is not a good thing!

On Pearl-Harvest Lars Pedersen is helped by Øyvind Borgemoen Lyse, playing keyboards and accordion on some tracks, and Nils Arne Øvergaard, who plays guitar on a few. Otherwise Pedersen is doing everything himself, singing, playing keyboards, guitars, drums, bass, flute, xylophone and of course sampling, in addition to composing and producing. "When" is printed in pseudu-arabic looking letters on the cover, suggesting an eastern influenced album, which is made clear when we realize that most of the lyrics seems to be taken from One Thousand and One Nights (or Arabian Nights).

The opening "The Ebony Horse" is literally all over the place, melding western pop harmonies with both eastern and eastern european instrumental parts, along with various samples making it very lively and imaginativeIt's a GOAL!. "Prince Kamar" is firmly rooted in British 60's pop psychedelia and shows how expertly Pedersen can write and perform in that direction, colourful and humminglyIt's a GOAL!. Kettledrums and xylophones dominate the instrumental "Goose, Poor Goose", along with orchestral samples that we could trace back to Pedersen's earlier Karius and Baktus reconstructions, here still quirky, but not that dark. The kettledrums continue through the retro-cinematic "The Night Empty Of All Stories" resembling the soundtrack of a 50's US adventure flick set in Egypt. "Friendly Place/The Believer" is a short pop song on the calmer and lighter side, but not especially interestingOooops, a yellow card!. "Cost Of Pleasure" jumps back to the eastern world, with citars and arabic sounds melding nicely with a Beatlesque melody, while "Daughter Of Brightness" is another short harmonious pop song, somewhat forgettable. The instrumental interplay of "Ears" is dominated by violins, building up tension before the two long finale tracks. The seven and a half minute long title track can be described as an XTC song remixed and cut-up, arabian style, but also utilizing Talking Heads-like white funk rhythmsIt's a GOAL!. The album ends with the eight minute long "Keys", which is built around a deep deathly voice slowly reciting from The Keys of Destiny around which Pedersen constructs soundscapes and builds collages underlining the lyrics' initial heavenly options joined by its opposites, but I have heard much more sinister tones from When in other settings, and it all ends in equilibrium, after glimpses of what could be behind the doors:

"The Iron Key opens all doors to Happiness and Wealth,
The Lead Key to all Wisdom and all Health,
The Copper Key opens the doors of Death,
The Silver Key brings Suffering and Pain,
And Gold unlocks all Misery and Shame.
"

To sum it up: Another fine When release, with a nice balance of playful sound collages, constructions of samples and harmonious pop music, with a thread of eastern influences. A couple of fillers and the fact that there is only one really catchy pop song, prevents this from being a superb release, but it's much more than likable.

Match result: Metronomicon Audio 1 (It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!) - Jester Records 3 (It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!)

THE LABEL TABLE
# Metronomicon Audio (MA) Jester Records (JR) MA JR
01 C.O.U.: Darklow Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! Ulver: Themes From William ... Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! 1 4
02 C.O.U.: Sellout EP It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card! Esperanza: Esperanza Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card! 2 1
03 C.O.U.: Bestboy Electric Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! Arcturus: Disguised Masters It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card! 1 1
04 Cyrano & C.O.U.: s/t It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! When: Psychedelic Wunderbaum Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card! 2 1
05 Täppas Strepens: Beans, Bacon ... Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! Bogus Blimp: Men-Mic It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! 2 4
06 Center of the Universe: Curious .. It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! Ulver: Metamorphosis It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 2 1
07 C.O.U.: Taking a Nap With It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL! Ulver: Perdition City It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! 2 4
08 Täppas Strepens: The Future ... Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! Bogus Blimp: cords. wires Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 3 3
09 Magnus Moriarty™: Drive Fast ... It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! When: WriterCakeBox It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 3 5
10 Various Artists: 1.0 It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL! Star of Ash: iter.viator. It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card! 3 1
11 Now We've Got Members: Le Jardin It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! Virus: Carheart It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 3 3
12 C.O.U.: Promotional Copy Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! Ulver: Silences Teaches You ... It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 3 1
13 Magnus Moriarty™: ...And The Hippos... It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! Origami Galaktika: Stjernevandring It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! 3 4
14 Cyrano: You Sensualize My Soul Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! When: The Lobster Boys It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card! 3 3
15 Koppen: Truckdriving Songs Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card! Rotoscope: Great Curves Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 1 1
16 Täppas Strepens: Dance, Dance ... It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card! Ulver: Silencing the Singing It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a yellow card! 3 1
17 C.O.U.: Staying Up All Night ... Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a red card! Kåre João: Captain Trips It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 1 1
18 Magnus Moriarty™: U R On A Radar It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! Head Control System: Murder Nature It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 2 2
19 Now We've Got Members: Tiny ... It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! Single Unit: Family of Forces It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! 5 3
20 Various Artists: 2.0 Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card! [unreleased] 1 0
21 Koppen: My Fashion Statement ... Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a red card! Kåre João: Sideman It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 1 4
22 Täppas Strepens: The Great American ... It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL! Upland: Upland It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 4 1
23 Magnus Moriarty™: Sky-Fi Beatitude It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card! When: Sunshine Superhead It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! 3 1
24 Cyrano: I Cannot Smell It It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a red card! Ulver: Lyckantropen Theme It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! 3 2
25 Hanny: Moderning Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! Ulver: 1993-2003: 1st Decade ... Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card! 1 1
26 C.O.U.: Bellydance Nation It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card! Ulver: A Quick Fix Of Melancholy EP Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! 2 2
27 Meta Forever: Astroid Antics It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card! 1349 Rykkinn: Brown Ring of Fury It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card! 4 2
28 Cyranq & Phil Emile: [sic] It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card! Kåre João: Sleepers It's a GOAL! 2 1
29 Ergo: Reclaim The Mall! It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! Ulver: Teachings In Silence It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! 2 2
30 Various Artists: 3.0 Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a yellow card! Ulver: Svidd Neger Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL! 1 2
31 C.O.U./Magnus Moriarty™: Did U ... Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a red card!Oooops, a yellow card! Origami Galaktika: Horisont It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card! 1 1
32 Koppen: Let's Eat Crazyroom ... It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a yellow card!Oooops, a red card! When: Pearl-Harvest It's a GOAL!It's a GOAL!Oooops, a yellow card!It's a GOAL! 1 3
Total 71 66

Next match
Next head-to-head meeting is the Now We've Got Members album Then Is Just Another Kind Of Now from Metronomicon Audio which is up against the Ulver release Blood Inside from Jester Records.

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