Album Review

49 Americans, The – “We Know Nonsense” – [Staubgold]

mickeyslim   5/29/2013   A Library, CD


Reissue of fun, rock-ish, folky, experimental tracks from a late ’70s supergroup of musicians and “non-musicians” as an “experiment in the pursuit of happiness… playing because we wanted to play, because we enjoyed being together and seeing what each other could do; musicians and non-musicians surprising each other.” Basically, anybody could come play and join in on the fun. Organized by Andrew Brenner aka Giblet, who writes all the silly vocals, plays a WIDE array of instruments, as do most of the others on the album. Group includes David Toop, Steve Beresford, Else Watt, Etta Saunders, Lol Coxhill, Peter Cusack, Eric Ingam, and lots more.

Since there’s such a diverse group of folks, the music is really a blend of all kinds of music, from neofolk, to rock ‘n’ roll, or afro-funk to jazz, to sounding like an experimental improv jam, you literally get a taste of all the weird flavors that KFJC likes so much. Take a little time with this one, it’s playful, almost childish, but still has with it a cloud of expertise.

Reissue of their second full length, with 23 bonus tracks from first full length and 14-track single.

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