October 14, 2010
Preludes Airs and Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer) - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Y brawd's favourite selection from the wondrous oeuvre of late Simon Jeffes and chums.
Proof that the minimalist aesthetic does not preclude exuberance, invention and wit - not forgetting itchy melodies and infectious jingles. Endlessly recycled by somewhat lazy soundtrack compilers, Music For A Found Harmonium somehow remains as fresh as ever and is retooled x 2 here by Celtic folksters Patrick Street and even more appositely by The Orb. Cello work of co-founder Helen Liebmann gives root and heart to the varied ensemble configurations. Airy melodies, building rhythms and some audacious experimentation such as Telephone and Rubber Band: based around a tape loop of a UK telephone ring tone intersected with an engaged tone, accompanied by the twanging of titular elastic band.
A reminder of how the quality of randomness, spontaneity, surprise, unexpectedness and irrationality in our lives is a very precious thing.
Oddi wrth y brawd
take a seat