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Now for something completely different. I had Andrew Bird down as a kind of Sufjan Stevens type character but here he eschews vocals (mostly) and conventional songwriting for a delightful instrumental style using mainly plucked acoustic guitar and his virtuoso violin style. Opener ‘Ethio Invention No1’ is a lengthy piece with an oriental feel, sometimes recalling some of the Vietnamese traditional music sampled on Onra’s ‘Chinoiseries ‘ album. ‘Lit from Underneath’ is based solely around some plucked violin and what I presume from the sleeve notes is a celeste giving it an ethereal feel.
When the lower viola/violin comes into play the effect stuns. Beautiful stuff, quite unusual and hard to compare to anything else but maybe some of John Cale’s more orchestral work could be used as a general comparison. I actually preferred the record at the wrong speed of 33RPM that I listened to at least 2 tracks at earlier but its still good at 45rpm. Just put the fucking speed on next time eh? Please? The title track is the only piece to have a vocal and sounds a little like James Mercer of The Shins, the piece is jaunty but a lot more conventional than the rest of the LP. Closer ‘Ethio Invention No 2’ is based around a more skittering set of violin plucks, a companion piece to the opening number is skips along excitedly and the violin playing is really something else at times.
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