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Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 11:53:36 UTC
Artist: Andrew Eckel
CD: Make a Laser Sound
Home: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Quote: "In a way, we're standing buried under a gold mine."
By Joe Wallace
Andrew Eckel isn't the first musician to be inspired by that infamous Aqua Teen Hunger Force marketing gimmick that made headlines initially as some kind of thwarted terrorist attack, but he's certainly one of the most unconventional songwriters to find inspiration there. Make A Laser Sound is a challenging listen in the early tracks of the CD, but there are some fun gems on this disc, especially in the lyrics department.
"Pink Gypsies" includes the great line, "The sound of running water, running away from home," mixed with flutes, sax, and a great drum loop. This track features rapid-fire surrealism some might confuse with rapping. It's more a Dylan-esque stream of consciousness riff on life, the universe, and everything.
"Hidden Bastard" makes for a dreamy listen, hearkening back to vintage They Might Be Giants. "Lucky You" strays into Belle & Sebastian territory, at least until the spoken portions kick in, and "Old Dirty Dragon" is the real surprise on the album -- this one has a real film soundtrack vibe to it, and it's a shame Eckel doesn't let this track run as an instrumental a bit longer ... it shows real promise, begging to be used in something shown on the big screen.
Make A Laser Sound features members of the MIT Wind Ensemble adding some cinematic textures to the experience. Overall this album is a quirky, unpretentious listen.
Artist Website: http://www.AndrewEckel.com
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