Those of you who are not Germans should not stop reading this. The fact that this album was recorded by two south German social workers and their local musician friends should not put you off. Because this is special. A trip. And we invite you to join us on that trip: „Roll up, rooooooll up, Ladies and Gentlemen, step right in and see the amazing life of the world’s most famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison ...“
A few years ago Buddy & The Huddle recorded a debut album that was inspired by Cormac McCarthy´s gothic novel “Suttree”, which the British Uncut magazine called: “The result sounds like a cross between early Captain Beefheart and Ry Cooder´s evocative soundtrack to Paris, Texas.” Next was the “Short Stories...” album which showcased the expressive pipes of singer Andrea Bibel.
Never shy of big concepts Roland Kopp and Michael Ströll (who are Buddy & The Huddle) wanted to record an album about the genius, famous inventor and weird human being Thomas Alva Edison. Again they travelled (they visited Knoxville for “Suttree” vibes) to the USA to check out original places, the Edison museum, to gather inspiration and to start recording at the Knitting Factory Studios in New York.
”Take A Ride Into The Life Of Thomas Alva Edison” consists of 23 songs, fragments, ideas, soundscapes – ranging from the Lambchop-ian “Little Postcards” (about the invention of the telegraph) to Calexico-style instrumentals, from powerhouse R`n´B in “Bright Lights Big City” (about illuminating New York with his lightbulbs) to downright noisy interludes. They sound like The Shadows on bad acid, like a Motown band with acoustic instruments, like Tom Waits fronting a Lounge Orchestra, they combine all kinds of different styles of American music to tell this story.
There is a lot happening within these 76 minutes and you will be surprised....... więcej