When - The Lobster Boys

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When-The Lobster Boys Apparently the eighth release under the name When by Norwegian Lars Pedersen. The bulk of these recordings are an intriguing combination of generally chaotic loops & samples combined with a touch of 60's-style psychedelic pop, including harmonies as reminiscent of the 70s (Queen, Eagles, Sweet) as the 60's (Beach Boys, Beatles, Move), and middle eastern influences indicated by the photos (Morocco? Turkey?) in the booklet. Most of the tracks are built from an array of "found" sources alluded to on the back cover (showing old LP sleeves of Children's records, jazz, show tunes, classical guitar, sound effects); these are almost invariably sonically interesting, and any musician interested in creating backing tracks of that nature would be well-served by giving it a listen. Pedersen certainly keeps things interesting by continually throwing in new styles, such as the jazzy trumpet riff (Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington albums are depicted on the back of the jewel case, but the sound is almost more Herb Alpert) of "Cut" and the middle-eastern sounding violin over acid jazz groove, with occasional carival or blues organ spicing on "The Greatest Sorrow On Earth". -From Aural Innovations #18 (January 2002)

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Label: Jester | Item Code: TRICK 014 | Country: Norway | Year: 2002 | Genre: Experimental

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