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King, Andrew & Brown Sierra – “Kraken, The” – [Dais]

Sir Cumference   11/2/2011   12-inch, A Library

The Kraken EPThis EP is 50% collaboration and 25% each solo work of Andrew King and analogue artists Brown Sierra (Pia Gambardella & Paddy Collins).

Side A is the Brown Sierra side, with Andrew King performing the Alfred Tennyson poem “The Kraken” over what I will call “oscilloscopic noise”, followed by Brown Sierra on their own with “Abysmal Sea” – which sounds like a hive of bees speeding around a tube.

The B side is King’s side, with Brown Sierra taking a more minimalist approach to the baking of King’s rendering of the sailing song “The Bold Princess Royal”. This is followed by King’s rendition of “The Death of Nelson” recorded on location in Greenwich with the sound of the Chapel clock tower of the Old Royal Naval College ticking away in the background.

This EP has something for most of us – from Ann Arbor to Cy Thoth (and with it’s nautical themes, Captain Jack is almost a given.) The noisier side A is 3 and 5 minutes in length, with the more traditional sounding side B from 5 to nearly 8 minutes in length – but they are worth the investment of you and your listener’s time.

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