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    Posted: September 25 2013 at 11:49
Hello guys, nobody seems to talk about the new album of B&B. Their first album, Bantham to Behemoth was excellent and I think they nailed it once again on their second effort : Multipurpose Trap. Here's some details and you can listen to the album and the band's Bandcamp page http://birdsandbuildings.bandcamp.com/

Birds and Buildings is based in Washington, DC.  We play a mixture of intense jazz-rock (often bordering on zeuhl), more experimental symphonic music, and occasional avant-garde heaviness.

The lineup is:
Dan Britton: keyboards and guitars
Brett d'Anon: bass and guitars
Brian Falkowski: sax, flute, and clarinet
Chris Fyhr: violin
Malcolm McDuffie: drums and percussion
Megan Wheatley, Chris West, Cliff Phelps, Miyuki Furukawa, Brett d'Anon, Dan Britton: vocals

There is singing on every track by up to six singers, but only for a minute or less on most of the tracks.  This will confuse people who want to label each song "instrumental" or "vocal"!  Ha ha!

There's also an elaborate booklet.  I encourage people to actually buy the CD to see just how elaborate it is.  I think its design might be completely unique.

There are nine songs:
1. The Dumb Fish (3:18)
This one is jazzy and catchy.  There's some very "tight" playing here.
2. Horse-Shaped Cloud (4:33)
This one goes from (a) a perky theme that reminded me of the great band Deerhoof to (b) maybe the most intense and Anglagardian idea we've ever done, back to the perky theme (a), but this time more in a country music sort of way.  Surprisingly it doesn't feel too disjointed.  The song is 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 (2:27)
A soundtrack to a nonexistent comic book about a superhero pigeon.  I actually wanted get someone to do an animated cartoon to this, but that probably would have been more work that it would be worth.
4. East is Fort Orthodox (5:53)
This is a murky prequel to the next song.
5. Secret Crevice (5:53)
This one doesn't let up at all from beginning to end.  Very intense, very dark, very fast, and very tricky.  This would make a great show-opener, maybe with the preceding track.
6. Tragic Penguin (7:08)
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 (10:09)
Requisite offspring of "Birds Flying Into Buildings" or "Battalion."  10 minutes of 20-second ideas, one after the other.  But there is some design- it's not completely randomly arranged, anyway.
8. Aviator Prosco (10:14)
Yes, that's "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.  I like the evolution from jazz to disco, and the chord sequence for this song is very Tony Banksian, even though Brian wrote almost half the song and has never really cared much for the one Genesis album (A Trick of the Tail) I lent him.
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.  People will often think the longest song on an album is the best song, but I guess it's ok to say this is not my favorite song on the album, though I do think it turned out well.  It's much more repetitive than any of the other songs, but I think that might actually be refreshing after being bombarded with a new musical idea every few seconds.





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Originally posted by PabstRibbon

Hello guys, nobody seems to talk about the new album of B&B. 


Maybe because it was released yesterday?

Great news, though.  Will definitely be grabbing this.
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yeah I know but I've seen no promotion or anything like that
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Awesome! I've been waiting years for this album, looking forward to it a lot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote infocat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2013 at 18:30
Haven't listened yet, but since CD was mentioned, where does one buy it?
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Didn't realize this had come out.  Cool.

Love the album art.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2013 at 20:28
Finally!

Hope it shows up places soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PabstRibbon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 26 2013 at 04:46
Originally posted by infocat

Haven't listened yet, but since CD was mentioned, where does one buy it?

I'm not sure but I think that the cd version will be available only in october
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kestrel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 26 2013 at 19:19
Yes! I've been waiting for so long!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 29 2013 at 03:08
Originally posted by PabstRibbon


Originally posted by infocat

Haven't listened yet, but since CD was mentioned, where does one buy it?


I'm not sure but I think that the cd version will be available only in october


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 29 2013 at 04:17
^Suits me fine tbh. October is a great time for gold mining.
 
This release caught me completely off guard though. I just recently got around to buying Bantam to Behemoth - and was thinking to myself: is this going to be a one-off thing of Dan Britton's. So thrilled to see that's not the caseBig smile Not a big fan of his other projects, but B&B is killer man!
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Fantastic album.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AstralliS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2013 at 00:58
Great album indeed!

Would love to see new Deluge Grander album as well. Would be awesome!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2013 at 12:11
I never really got into the first album.
The vocals were a big turn off, but the instrumentals were cool, from what I remember.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pfloyd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 12:34
I pre-ordered the CD, I wanna see the booklet design. From what I've heard so far, this album sounds awesome
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Post Options Post Options   Quote deafmoon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 05 2013 at 13:44
For those of you who want to Purchase through i-Tunes, it's on there now. You can also preview the album in 1 minute and 29 second intervals per song. Sounds great to my ears.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Monadology Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2013 at 00:48

Fantastic music. While the vocals are still a weakness, there are a few tracks where I like them!  Also, perhaps I am confused by Abominable Pelican seems more Disco to me than Aviator Prosco. 

It was a long wait, but it was worth it.  

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