8/10 Dave Staff review, 25 January 2012
Step into the madcap world of Jono El Grande (real name John Sausage Leg), who is a madcap multi-instrumentalist from that cold, unforgiving place that is known as Sunderland (all right, he's from Norway). A self-taught musician, artist, composer, prankster and all round bastard, he's been haunting the dreams of many a Norwegian child for the last few years, like some avant-garde version of Freddie Krueger, and remains on the outskirts of the Norwegian experimental scene, due to his eccentricity, his dislike for women and his unusual penchant for dressing up in lettuce leaves and laying on people's salad bowls, saying in a tiny voice, “I am Christophe, I like seagulls...”, and generally winding people up. This LP is his third LP since 2009 and the first since that celebrated carp incident of 1965. It is unlike anything you'll hear this year. It's quite a hotchpotch of ideas, musical jokes and bizarre time signatures. it's almost like free form jazz, with the occasional jabberings of Mr Grande punctuating certain moments. It's very funny, occasionally worrying and has some really great moments that are as mad as a former British Prime Minister. This LP won't be for everybody but if like me you are a fan of Zappa and/or something a bit more contemporary like Liverpool's A.P.A.T.T. you will find this LP most refreshing. Skewed, bizarre but quite brilliant shit...
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