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- Bum Bum by Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
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Isn't it delightful when you find a record that doesn't sound like any of the records you've already heard? That's what happened to me just now spinning this newie from Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, a massive collective of musicians who make bonkers neoclassical jazz noodlings with swift, unexpected mood swings. There's clear influences of swing here, and soundtracks (think Hitchcock, spy flicks and old cartoons), but also freeform jazz and experimental noise elements.
Opener 'Saturn Hoola Hoop' sounds like an all-live take on the sounds of DJ Shadow's debut, but soon we're out exploring in haunted Disney forests and flying out into space for encounters with Dan Dare-style retro-futurist alien lifeforms. With there being so many of them they can really rustle up an orchestral storm, but they're not afraid to stop on a dime and revert into some kind of spaced out skronk-fest out of nowhere, only to bust out some weird '80s TV cod-funk for a minute before switching to some wibbly falsetto lounge-soul.
The slick, arranged tones and manic mood-changes are reminding me of that crazy recent Darth Vegas CD, but this is a classier and more tasteful effort I think, with shades of Jaga Jazzist and Joe Meek and Jean-Claude Vannier and the like. The insanity of the vision and the unity displayed by the musicians involved are very hard not to admire even if you struggle to stomach such craziness. Not I, though. I wallow in this kind of mind-meltingly ambitious weirdness.
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