FLY Magazine - Catch of the Day 2 Review
V/A - 'Catch Of The Day 2'
Manchester independent label Kipper Records newest release
is again stunningly packaged and once unwrapped the music
is just as pleasurable with sublime soundscapes and enchanting
Rarely does the packaging of a CD album generate such appreciation
yet the hand-drawn artwork optimises how Catch of the Day
2 is miles away from being a typical supermarket-sold, mainstream
release. Scott Bruzenak opens the album of downtempo delights
with ‘Things Change’, folk and electronics meet
as the Californian artist sings quaintly “Make your
demons beautiful, and them make them insane.”
The previous compilation in the series, Catch of the Day
outlined the label’s ethos with a song each by Mundane
Music and Sanjuro77 both of whom impress again with their
newer material. Mundane Music’s ‘A Train For You’
moves joyously with well-layered instruments and jingling
bells. It charms and is reminiscent of something between Pulp’s
mid-90s music (though without Javis Cocker’s vocals)
and a synthesized Velvet Underground. Sanjuro77’s ‘Night
Falls on Timperley’ is the penultimate track containing
looped beats which contrast with crackles, chimes and beeps.
More dance-inducing than the ambience of the rest of the album.
‘Possibly Later’ by The Deep Element has a metronomic
beat which jitters and lags pleasantly, conjuring memories
of Tortoise or Sigur Rós, while somewhat surreal images
come to my mind — giant robots or industrial machines
beautifully breaking down, their lament scored excellently
with the stuttering piano.
Of all the songs, The Gray’s ‘Sleep Facing East’
does the most for me and is pure cinema, a perfect accompaniment
for images. Distorted strings make way for adagio piano, which
appears elegantly with electronic effects adding to the progressive
sounds. Halfway through the song, the tempo builds, with guitar
emerging from the background, leading to a crescendo with
all previous elements enhanced with drums and operatic vocals.
Limited to just 100 exquisitely handmade copies, Catch of
the Day 2 is a leftfield dream. As with music on Warp or by
Bjork these sounds may not be to everyone’s taste but
those that enjoy it should adore it.
Friday 1 June 2007
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