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    Posted: May 20 2010 at 19:01
Almost a great album but the male vocals really hurt it in my opinion. I think they'd do better as an instrumental band.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kestrel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2010 at 01:26

Originally posted by Textbook

Almost a great album but the male vocals really hurt it in my opinion. I think they'd do better as an instrumental band.

I personally don't understand the dislike of the vocals. Since the vocals are mostly mumbles I can't understand what he's singing so I really just hear it as another instrument, like some kind of Zeuhlish chant.

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Any word on Multipurpose Trap? Any at all? I'm dying here!
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Originally posted by Trouserpress

. . . What is it about Britton's compositions which makes them so forgettable to me, I wonder?

Your tastes are too narrow, I guess.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote emkogceo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 15 2010 at 00:21
Originally posted by KingCrimson250

Any word on Multipurpose Trap? Any at all? I'm dying here!


Why, I thought you'd never ask.  I just wrote a blog on myspace a few days ago:



http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=147345791&blogId=536926316

July 10, 2010

We are working very hard on our second album "Multipurpose Trap"....our first album is a little hard to follow, and I had been worrying there was nothing we could do to equal or top it, but I am starting to feel more confident in the new material.

Yes, there will be singing, probably on every track, but hopefully not by me, and only for a minute or less on most of the tracks.  This is to confuse people who want to label each song "instrumental" or "vocal."

The working titles and my best recollection for running times are:

1. The Dumb Fish (3:30)
This one is jazzy and catchy.
2. Horse-Shaped Cloud (formerly Underscore) (4:30)
This one goes from perky to maybe the most intense part we've ever done back to perky.  Surprisingly it doesn't feel too disjointed.  It's about flying in a hot-air balloon, then getting blown around by a horse-shaped cloud, then landing safely.  Though there are only two lines to the lyrics, the music will help tell the story.
3. Miracle Pigeon (2:30)
A soundtrack to a comic book about a superhero pigeon.  I was wanting to actually get someone to do an animated cartoon to this, but there probably won't be enough time.
4. East is Fort Orthodox (6:00)
This is a murky prequel to the next song.
5. Secret Crevice (maybe to be renamed Stealth Cantiri) (5:00)
This one doesn't let up at all from beginning to end.  I added some mellotron parts that really hit the spot too.  This would make a great show-opener, maybe with the preceding track.
6. Tragic Penguin (7:00)
The entire track is built around an improvisation I did on electric piano on November 17, 2007.  It was a lot of fun to build stuff around it, and sometimes I think this is actually a genuinely progressive way to make music.
7. Catapult (10:00)
Requisite offspring of "Birds Flying Into Buildings" or "Battalion"
8. Aviator Prosco (10:00)
Yes, that's Prosco as in "progressive disco" and to make matters worse for closed-minded prog fans, this one starts out with a very breezy jazz feel very unlike everything we've done before, but the kind of thing that Brian and Malcolm are great at playing.  The evolution from jazz to disco is fun, and the chord sequence for this song is very Tony Banksian, even though Brian wrote almost half the song and has never really heard Genesis before.
9. Abonimable Pelican (14:00)
This is built around a very simple theme that Malcolm improvised against, and then I built some completely different stuff around what Malcolm recorded.  It's still in the early stages, but it's probably going to be a good way to end the album, even though the diversions into hardcore funk aren't exactly what we're known for.

And yes, there is indeed an animal theme to this one, at least in the song titles.  I'm working on the artwork, and that's taking almost as long as the music.  It will be quite a package once it's finished.

If you want to hear an early version of Miracle Pigeon, go to CD Baby and look for the Emkog sampler CD.  I already pitched it in the previous blog, so I won't provide the link again.

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Well, the Progarchives Dan WILL provide that CDbaby link :

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/emkog

"Miracle Pigeon" is the sixth track there, and several other snippets are in the "A Big Blob of Demos and Early Versions of Forthcoming Music" track.


Estimated release date for Multipurpose Trap is January 2011.
www.emkog.com
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Wow! Really looking forward to the new release! Thanks for the info. Looks like a very eclectic and intriguing piece of work. The next six months can't go by fast enough LOL
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i will definitely be getting this when it's released.  :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Evolutionary Sleeper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2010 at 12:32
Originally posted by Padraic

i will definitely be getting this when it's released.  :)


Same here, can't wait.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TheGazzardian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2010 at 12:53
Sounds like exciting news to me Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote omardiyejon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2010 at 13:56
maybe the last month of waiting ha?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sorcerer kermes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 15 2010 at 05:06
a master piece in progressive rock`s new era
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kestrel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2011 at 22:53
Any news on its release? It was scheduled to out this month.
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Originally posted by Trouserpress

What is it about Britton's compositions which makes them so forgettable to me, I wonder?


Ditto. I'm sure he's a great composer and sh*t... but honestly, his music lacks something.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote omardiyejon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 08 2011 at 19:46
what about the new album?
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Birds Flying Into Buildings is amazing. The rest... Sleepy

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Originally posted by DisgruntledPorcupine

Birds Flying Into Buildings is amazing. The rest... Sleepy



that was how I felt for the first few listens, but love the whole thing now
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 30 2011 at 13:28
thanks to another thread, I ordered this album online.

But I guess that 2nd album is never coming out huh? Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gerinski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2011 at 21:00
Maybe I didn't listen enough to Bantam to Behemoth yet, I find it very good but somehow it falls short of what one feels it could have been.
Great musicianship for sure, Birds Flying Into Buildings is great, but for the most part it's like it's too busy, I never get to feel beautiful musical ideas developing into a coherent theme and structure, the music doesn't stick in my brain.
And I don't fancy the vocals either, sure they play a minor role but for that they should better have kept it instrumental.
 
And it feels to me (I could well be wrong) as a bit too much studio overcooked, it does not sound like a live recording, ok no album is a live recording nowadays but I hope you get what I mean.
 
Having said that, hats off because there's some great musicianship in there too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brainstormer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2011 at 21:49
I'm liking the song by Deluge Grander, "The Form of the Good."  It's melodic
in a soulful way, which I think pretty much all good music is.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote omardiyejon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2012 at 17:52
the new album never comes out, does it mr. britton?
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