FLY Magazine - Catch of the Day 1 Review
Mundane Music / Sanjuro 77 - 'Catch Of The Day 1'
Now this is certainly one you can’t gripe about the
cover; hand crafted corrugated cardboard with inner sleeve
and fish cartoons all for a two-track CD at £1.99!
What are they going to do when the full album comes out? We’ll
have to wait for that one as the Kipper Record’s plan
is to operate solely over the Internet. However, whilst their
trawler is still capturing artists to add to the ‘fish
pie’ they tell us this CD is ‘tiddler’ of
Fish, pies and Manchester all sound Mr. Scuff like but these
two tracks have a film style bird theme to their titles. Mundane
Music says his influences include Four Tet, John Martyn and
Aphex Twin whilst Sanjuro 77’s brand of ILM (Intelligent
Listening Music) comes from a love of Boards Of Canada, Radiohead
and that Aphex Twin (snap).
Both go for the cinematic instrumental approach. ‘The
Woeful Pelican’ starts with a recording of songbirds
as I suppose it’s a bit difficult to find a Pelican
in Manchester. It quickly bangs into a folktronic march over
the marshes. It builds with the mass horn section of the Spartacus
soundtrack before fading out with the birds backed by an acoustic
guitar. It’s something prog rockers Camel might have
done if they were starting out today and could have contained
themselves to a single track less than 5 minutes long. Back
in 1975, that was not possible and if you dare, hunt out the
album Snow Goose (in all good secondhand bargain bins).
There’s a similar feel to ‘In The Company of
Crows’ as it also starts off with the sound of birds
(well a crow actually) with the scratched-jump of an old vinyl
record. Again, it builds as it develops with a child-voice
sample and lo-fi electronica into a dark ambient jam with
layers of acoustic guitar and strings. Clearly fans of Ninja
Tune’s, more Cinematic Orchestra than jazz-based new
If you’re into one, then you’ll be into both.
The aim of the label is to promote such ‘unheard’
artists and Catch Of The Day 2 is due out soon. It again features
Mundane Music and Sanjuro77 on the eight tracks together with
The Deep Element, DJ Wise, Dupe, Edmund Coleman, The Gray
and Scott Bruzenak. So get down to the harbour ready for when
the boat comes in; er..I mean keep an eye on the web site
(see links below).
Reviewed: V/A — Catch Of The Day (Kipper Records) Cat.
No. kipper 1 Release date: September 2005
1. Mundane Music — The Woeful Pelican (4:52)
2. Sanjuro 77 — In The Company Of Crows (7:38)
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