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Erland & The Carnival: Trouble in Mind EP

Erland Cooper teams up with musicians associated with the Verve, Gorillaz, and Paul McCartney's the Fireman, to produce something... different.


Erland & The Carnival

Trouble in Mind EP

Label: Yep Roc/Full Time Hobby
US Release Date: 2010-10-19
UK Release Date: 2010-10-19
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Well, this Trouble in Mind has absolutely nothing to do with the Richard M. Jones-penned 1926 standard that's been covered by... everybody. It's a whole different beast. Guitarist Simon Tong (of the Verve, Gorillaz) ranges the influences of the four tracks on this EP from Ennio Morricone to the 13th Floor Elevators, but I also hear some different things. The title track is dark, melodically sound, with intriguing electronic accoutrements, and enough changes in instrumentation to keep its repetitiveness interesting. "My Name Is Carnival" seems to be an homage to the Moody Blues, and appropriately, a wildly careening carnival theme permeates "You Don't Have to Be Lonely", which comes across as a new wave Nuggets, if you can possibly imagine that. The final track, "Love Is a Killing Thing", is not only the strongest, but sums up, as best as I can tell from the wee bit of material presented here, the band wholly. Weaving psychedelic choral interludes out of the Electric Prunes' Mass in F Minor with early Jefferson Airplane and occasional Tom Waits madness, the band's sound is very, very unique, despite my deluge of comparisons. Just don't expect strong melodies or pop hooks on this one; that's not their aim.

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