Album Review

Montgomery, Gen Ken – “Birds + Machines 1980-1989” – [Pogus Productions]

cinder   12/30/2010   A Library, CD

First off, I love the story Gen Ken wrote on the inside, under the tray. Finding love for everyday sounds that people take for granted, realizing that music doesn’t have to be what everyone expects. For this release, he went back and reviewed some of his stuff from the 80s and released it here on Pogus. Blipping and bleeping, droned out cuts. Titled appropriately well as you can imagine the electronic birds and feathered machines in unison. Almost like relaxing at an industrial park where dozens of blackbirds have nested. Some are short, just enough to tease, while others take you on a trip. Buzzing hums, shaky violins, bells… all sorts of instruments along with electronics. A few tracks have some low-recorded vocals/words on them (not singing). Track 14 recorded live at WFMU in 1982!

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