Return of the Turkey
By Steffen Armstrong
What's new Turkey?
It’s been just under a year since I released my debut record. Since then, people have been so nice and have played songs on their radio stations and posted articles and interviews and reviews. It’s been really wonderful and has inspired me to make these new recordings. Their a little bit bigger, a little bit denser, a little bit more confident, and a little bit less straight forward.
When I started writing I Like To Be Surprised, I knew exactly how it should sound. Something about the chords and rhythm just needed to big and jangly. Part of it is this newer confidence I've found. I'm a year older and I've learned that people want to hear my songs. So, I've got to deliver. I'm glad you were surprised. I hope you like to be surprised.
Everything deserves a song
Everything deserves a song and everybody does, too. That’s why I'm introducing listeners to some new characters on this record like Rhonda Bubbles, Marco Cannonball Polo, and Rowboat Robot. They all deserve songs and now they each have one. I am back and I do mean it. I meant it on the last record, too. I mean, just in general, I mean it.
Rub Wrongways Records is a real nice home for me. It’s a group of musicians and friends who love to help each other out and inspire each other. It’s all about the songs and not about the business. In fact, any money that anyone spends at Rub Wrongways goes 100% to the artists. It’s no way to run a business, but it’s a great way to live a life.
Back in the early parts of last year Third Outing discovered two gems. Turkey Andersen, and the record label that homes the little cartoon character Rub Wrongways. As Third Outing has grown over the year so have they. Now Turkey is back, bigger and better than ever, and what's more he's gone electric. A far shout from the gentle lullabies of his first release Turkey Andersen and the stand out track Time Travel Clothes, the new sneak release I Like To Be Surprised from Turkey Andersen 2, which is released on February 19th via Rub Wrongways, certainly is somewhat of a surprise...Turkeys gone electric!
The track kicks off with a fierce staccato driven guitar riff before the thoughtful words of Turkey's talk popcorn and friends. It's a completely different style, like a a throw back to some of the big American skate group of the 90's, but with a much nicer feel about it. There's much more to the track then that, though. The chorus is full of glamour, and if you close your eyes you can even picture Johnny Marr there holding a Jaguar. This is further epitomised by the middle 8, which wails out a massive Cribs-esque "oh no don't tell me I want to be surprised".
Turkey is right, he has gained in confidence, and his music has certainly become bigger, denser and less straight forward. The instrumentation is the first obvious thing to note here, but more importantly it just feels like Turkey's song writing ability has gone up a notch. It's no longer gentle fun loving lullabies, but real powerful song writing and anthem making.