Joy Electric - The Otherly Opus (c) 2007 Tooth & NailrnrnrnArtist....: Joy ElectricrnAlbum.....: The Otherly OpusrnType......: AlbumrnSource....: CDDArnTracks....: 10rnGenre.....: SynthpoprnLabel.....: Tooth & NailrnCatalogue#: TND63909rnEncoder...: LAME 3.97rnQuality...: VBR kbps / 44.1KHz / Joint-StereornURL.......: http://www.joyelectric.comrnrnrnTracklist:rn
rn01 The Otherly Opus 03:12rn02 Frivolity And Its Necessities 03:10rn03 Colours In Dutch 02:38rn04 The Ushering In Of The Magical Era 05:15rn05 Write Your Last Paragraph 03:30rn06 The Memory Of Alpha 03:27rn07 Red Will Dye These Snows Of Silver 02:26rn08 (The Timbre Of) Timber Colony 03:06rn09 Ponderance Need Not Know 02:56rn10 A Glass To Count All The Hours 03:14rnrn Total:44,3 MB / 32:54 minrnrnrnRelease Notes:rn
rnUnearthly sounds whiz-and-whir from left channel to right, synth linesrngurgle upward like oxygen escaping a bottomless pool, melodic leadsrnstrut, mystifying counter-melodies wrap around thoroughly catchyrnchoruses, hooks percolate and dig deep, and ethereal/avant vocalrnarrangements deliver melodies that soar from the earth\'s crust to thernheavens. Welcome to The Otherly Opus, the ninth album from Tooth &rnNail\'s most creative and prolific band and brainchild of Ronnie Martin,rnJoy Electric.rnrn"I wanted to make something that combined all the stuff I\'ve done overrnthe last six or seven years since The White Songbook [into] a magicalrnsounding record," he states. In addition to his usual Synthpop sound,rnhe charts a new direction with a confident wall of vocals. He simplyrnstates, "I wanted to do a vocal album." By diminishing bass lines andrnstripping beats to a minimalist-primitive essence, the songs are filledrnwith mood and mystery unlike any previous Joy Electric release. "Therntitle is sort of a nod to the old school Joy E kind of thing, outsidernthe norm, hence the word \'otherly\'. So it\'s really pretentiousrnbasically. Like they all are. Just continuing with the trend I guess,"rnhe says, laughing.rnrnThe Otherly Opus is the fifth and final installment of the Legacyrnseries of concept albums, but goes farther to eschew the genre\'srnbloated connotation. Martin explains, "I wanted to do a concept recordrnthat was short. You think \'concept\', you start thinking ten minuternepics. I said, "No, take all the ideas of that - the overblown vocals,rnthe bombastic titles - then put it in short songs. I thought it was anrninteresting way to take it." Thus, the record is essentially twornmini-concept records merged together. The first five tracks comprisernThe Otherly Opus, a collection of classic, early Joy Electric songsrn(think 1996\'s, Old Wives Tales) and in Martin\'s words, "it\'s anrnescapist magical fantasy kind of thing, a little on the personal sidernand goes through these singular topics". The final five tracks comprisernThe Memory Of Alpha, opulently dynamic songs which, according tornMartin, "deal with the fall of Adam and Eve, that antediluvian periodrnof biblical history."rnrnA masterfully exquisite cavalcade of vocals, singing a one-word mantrarnof the word \'otherly\', starts the record. It is a resounding statementrnof this new direction: integrating and emphasizing the prominence ofrnthe vocal (some songs contain over fifty vocal tracks), and infusingrnMartin\'s trademark sound to magnificent results. On the ridiculouslyrncatchy "Colours In Dutch", the countless vocal tracks add a Lynchianrnsubconscious buzz. He plays it even more weirdly on the compelling, andrnadmittedly, over-the-top "The Memory Of Alpha" and "Red Will Dye ThesernSnows Of Silver", of which, he states was the "That\'s it" moment in thernrecording process. The haunting "Ponderance Need Not Know" andrnambient-beauty of "A Glass To Count All The Hours" demonstrate how thernvocals-first mentality brings mood to his Pop.rnrnFrom a technological perspective (something very dear to Martin and hisrnprocess), he exclusively used analog sequencers on this record. Thisrntakes his self-imposed \'all analog\' constraint to the next level.rn"You\'re not really playing keyboard anymore, you\'re just setting knobsrnto the pitch of the note, and then you\'re playing the sequencer to playrnthe part that you set. It\'s the most mechanical way, it\'s not veryrnsongwriter oriented what-so-ever! It\'s the opposite of songwriting, butrnI found a way of combining it with that." Doing so, he has created arnnearest-to-pure analog recording.rnrnOver the last thirteen years, Joy Electric has released eightrnfull-length albums, eight EPs, three singles, three compilations, andrnone DVD, each a collection of sheer classic pop songwriting andrnexperimental electronic construction. It\'s no secret that every recordrnMartin has created at his Electric Joy Toy Company is out to provernsomething, to do something different, and to challenge not only thernlistener, but also the creator. It\'s this long, enduring relationshiprnbetween the listener and the music maker that makes each Joy Electricrnrecord essential listening. So when you first drop the virtual needlernon The Otherly Opus, the head-turning is inevitable.