Sunday 22 April 2012

Snail Bob - Unshellfish


Snail Bob makes music in his own terms. One might call this 'noise' or 'deconstructed punk', but as is so often the case with individual music, which I define as "could only have been made by this person, at this time", I struggle to give labels to this sound art. Actually, on second thoughts, this is a blues album.

Considering how sparse and sometimes aggressive the music, this is a surprisingly melodic and soulful collection. From the strangled rage of the Waitsian opener 'Angry People' to the amorphous soundscapes of the second half, this album expresses a wide range of musical and emotional states. S'Bob names Pink Floyd and The Residents as primary influences. Sounds about right.

Snail Bob has been doing this since 2007, and has a few CDs available from CDBaby

DOWNLOAD MP3 (111mbs) DOWNLOAD FLAC (208mbs)
You can also listen or download at the Free Music Archive and Bandcamp.

01.Angry People mp3 flac
02.20 Somethings I Miss About Margaret mp3 flac
03.Doo Wah Doody mp3 flac
04.Saint Ed mp3 flac
05.Count Dickula mp3 flac
06.All You Want Is Blue mp3 flac
07.Lay Down Ya Soul mp3 flac
08.Not Far mp3 flac
09.Melodic Death mp3 flac

Unshellfish at the FMA

Tracks 5-9 were originally released on the album 'And Other Irrelevant Persons' on Jignarania Records 2010

I asked a few people what they thought about this album.

Syd Howells, musician and egyptologist said:
"Listeners to this recording are greeted by what appears to be Captain
Beefheart being tortured by the Residents as they make a ransom call to
his family.  Other tracks include what I perceive to be an attempt to
condense the whole of The Dark Side of the Moon into a single track of
several minutes.  I love this record."

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