New Shrug Records Release – InterkosmosApril 16, 2007
Local record labels make me happy. I don’t always listen attentively for very long, or even like what I hear, but people taking an active role in the local music community is great. While quantity and quality are certainly an issue for any Jacksonville based label or group, Shrug Record’s newest release, the Interkosmos soundtrack, is an exception. The soundtrack is by Jim Becker and Colleen Burke.
This release, which is limited to 500 copies, was recently reviewed by San Francisco’s Aquarius Records. In short, I think they are better at reviewing records than me. And everything they say here is right on target. So here is the Aquarian take on the newest vinyl opus released locally.
“Awesome soundtrack to some strange low budget film about the failed East German space program. Haven’t seen the movie yet, but the soundtrack definitely has us curious. Especially considering the players, Jim Becker of Califone, Jim White from the Dirty Three, and lots of other folks who have backed up indie luminaries like Smog, Bright Eyes and more…
Beginning with some creepy shortwave radio, and some spoken German (Conet Project anyone?) the record quickly switches gear and launches into some awesome (Turkish style?) fuzz psych, blown out and wildly rocking, but with the strange addition of mandolin over the top. Ends up sounding like Calexico meets Erkin Koray!!
But like any soundtrack, the music is dictated by the scenes on the screen, so the sound are all over the place. That said, they gel surprisingly well on their own, it helps that many of the tracks are linked by strange radio broadcasts, mysterious German voices, and other distressed broadcast sounds. The rest of the music is a blast, from soft rock big band jams with horns, albeit imbued with a strange buzzy steel string element, to lonesome strings and wheezing accordion, shuffling percussion, a full on free-jazz drum solo that gives way to a primitive Logan’s Run space rock synth drone, laid back blues rock, weird off kilter pop, and near the end, that opening blast of fuzzy psych gets revisited, this time with vocals, and it’s even cooler.
Pressed on 180 gram swirled pink cotton candy vinyl, housed in an amazing jacket, an oversized matchbook style sleeve, screen printed and letter pressed, black and metallic silver ink on thick brown paper, liner notes printed on the attached inner sleeve, quite striking.”
We have a few copies in the store.
A interview with the ultimate shrugger, Tim Massett, is coming soon.