Norway - Full Moon 185 - 10/12/11
It's a label showdown!
Metronomicon Audio vs. Jester Records - Round 28
Cyranq & Phil Emile: [sic]
(2006 Metronomicon Audio: MEAU.0028.MINI.CDR)
Kåre João: Sleepers
(2003 Jester Records TRICK-028)
Welcome to round 28 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 goals
and giving out yellow
and red cards, soccer style -
but first of all reviewing the music. For more introductory information on this label match, see
[sic] is presented in the typical Metronomicon fashion - a (mini) CD-R packed in a flexible plastic sleeve with a cardboard folder.
The Kåre João release comes in a CD slim case.
Behind the slightly cryptic artist name Cyranq we find Cyrano and Armageddon, while Phil Emile is Pilemil.
Pseudonyms galore in the Metronomicon circles, but we don't care, we take everything at face value and blow the whistle to start the game. The opening "[sic] Song" hints at "Brown Eyed Girl", with a backwards vocal track and
hummable instrumental work, and it's calm arrangements makes this a strolling opening. "Hoo Kers & The Boo Kers"
is more staccato and synthetic, and not that enjoyable. "Gris" takes this three steps further, ups the tempo,
sets the synths into Euro-disco mode, and adds a harder rhythm. On top of this arrives a krautrock
saxophone and death/black-metal vocals that I recognize from "You are the Terror" (from Cyrano's album You Sensualize My Soul).
Wacky!. "Youcannotcutittiltregrasshasgrows" is also fun with its catchy instrumental arrangements and lazy slacker singing.
The ending "Plis" overloads on the hammond organ and other more synthetic sounds, and just about escapes my cheese alarm going off.
"Sleepers" is another song in the same vein as Kåre João's recent Sideman album.
This song, dominated by organs and fuzz-guitars reminds me of Plan 9's brand of neo-psychedelia, but is tighter and
less adventurously produced, lacking space and is more a display of craft than creativity.
The same could be said about the slower and more reflective "September Song", but it is nevertheless a
more satisfying listen, with tremolo, phasing and other psych effects over strumming acoustic guitars.
Enjoyble, but hardly essential.
Match result: Metronomicon Audio 2 () - Jester Records 1 ()
Next head-to-head meeting is the Ergo Mini-CD EP Reclaim The Mall! from Metronomicon Audio which is up against
the Ulver CD Teachings In Silence from Jester Records.
Copyright © 2011 Knut Tore Breivik