Andrew Liles - Mother Goose's Melody Or Sonnets For The Cradle CD
THE WIRE REVIEW: The latest project from the fabulous Andrew Liles is dedicated to the notion that nothing good ever happens in a nursery rhyme, even when enunciated with such gleeful relish by guest narrator Alexander Thynn, the seventh Marquess of Bath. Scratching kittens have to be placated, half-awake children are left to wander around the town at night, and we all know about the girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. Aided in a couple of places by Sion Orgon from Thighpaulsandras group, Liles takes his time over teasing out the darker strands to be found woven into childhoods brighter moments, carefully stacking eerily sustained tones, desiccated samples and disembodied voices against Lord Baths exuberant delivery. The results feel like a compendium of forgotten folklore awaiting its future***** REVIEW FROM Brainwashed, January 2006 "Liles' familiarity with the ignored is more evident than ever on this release. A interest in ventriloquism, animal surgery or testing, plant life, and prosthetics all make their way into the song titles. More often than not, the titles add a dimension of strangeness to the already odd compositions and revel in the unusual synthesis generated. (...) His compositions reflect eras, places, ideas, and nightmares more keenly than on any of his other releases. Perhaps it is the topic of this album that has made that possible; the deeply ingrained memories of childhood mixing with Liles' love for the absurd, the repulsive, and the unexplainable might be more inspirational than any historical, theoretical, or geographic origin that Liles' has played with before."