Asian Cuisine: The Album
It’s comprised of recordings and re-recordings I’ve done over the past 2ish years.
Most of it is a joke, although people probably know that.
Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams.
The Cyclic Nature Of Modern Life As We Know It: The Track
It came around almost a year-and-a-half ago, I was in my house with a couple of friends showing them my loop pedal. I thought the idea of playing multiple loops from multiple instruments at once was really cool so I just started obnoxiously beat boxing into a mic, then playing bass, keys. When my friends left I went upstairs and recorded it, bashed out that crude organ solo and those take-the-piss spoken-word-type lyrics about the meaninglessness of office-work routine. The last bit came a day later or so. At that point I was too nervy about badly playing a bad drum kit into a bad mic so I instead recorded live into the keyboard. I thought rerecording it would have lost the spontaneity of the tune, so I decided to leave it with that year-old recording for the laugh.
Brotherlode: Next Step
I’m not really sure to be honest! I’ve a couple of things in mind. I had the idea of making a really bad instrumental Hip-Hop album based around samples I’ve been taking on a dictaphone. Or else some sort of ambient piano album or something. I suppose we’ll see, or hear, or not? I’ll be kept mildly busy by it anyways.
Asian Food: Favourite Actually!
It’s got to be the spicebag. It’s not strictly Asian, actually, it’s not Asian at all, but it’s sold in any self-respecting Chinese takeaway in Ireland. It’s nothing other than an MSG-filled concoction of chicken, chips, vegetables and an unmentionable mixture of spices. It's become a revelation in Dublin/Ireland so I decided to sort of embrace the bandwagon and make a spicebag-themed album.
Asian cuisine! You've got to love these Dubliners eh? And they come in no better shape than theDublin Lo-Fi collection headed by the ever impressive and versatile Little L Records. Each artist so different to the last, it's difficult to define the collective as any distinct thing. Thank God it's just music, then, where the next good thing can sound even better than the last good thing.
That's exactly what Brotherlode is about, where the man Sean Bean has managed to create a sound which is truly quite unique. The Lo-Fi thing speaks for itself, if that's what you've got to record on then that's the sound that comes. But there's a ghostly cool about this record. Maybe it's the echo, but the somber sound spreads and creates something very intelligent and unique. The spoken words, the relaxing tones, the crash of drums. It works very well.
Then comes the track which is without doubt the stand out. The Cyclic Nature Of Modern Life As We Know It is wicked. The bass line screams cool. The keyboards get you on your feet. The words set the tone. Then the drums take it to another level. It's simple recording techniques done electronically, but it shows just how impressive Bean is as a musician. Not many people could have written that tune.
The impressive nature of this album continues right to the end of the 12 track, with further stand out tracks including Egbert, Existing, Road Block, the wonderful Duopoly and of course Asian Cuisine all proving incredibly charming in their own way. It all just fits here; the instruments and voice, the recording, the attitude. Bean; welcome to the top of the Dublin Lo-Fi collection.