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Friday, May 6, 2016

Various Artists - Now That's What Your Parents Call Drone

This cassette is a big railroad spike starting a long track for Big Sleep Records. This is a physical release of Twin Freaxx Record's Now That's What Your Parents Call Drone Volume II. This was originally released in October of 2014 and now on cassette in February 2016. There is a Now That's What Your Parents Call Drone Volume I that was released digitally by Twin Freaxx Records in July of 2012. Not sure if Volume I ever made it to physical form. Volume II is a gigantic piece of work clocking in at an hour and forty minutes or so, and sixteen various artists.

Now that the introductions are complete.... This is a pretty darn crafty release. All of the artists have taken hit songs from past musicians and reworked them into a new fuzzed out wold out ambient origin. Sometimes you can here remnants of the original versions like Via Vergrandis retake on Amy Grant's Baby Baby. Other times the resemblance is a complete mystery like Bishonen Knife's version of Sail On by the Commodores. Neil Jendon slightly tweaks I'm Not in Love by 10cc arriving at a truly droned out cover, but landing in the same court. The Kendal Mintcake rebuild of Todd Rundgren's Can We Still Be Friends and ends up with a blissed out somewhat recognizable reconstruction. Lesley Gore's You Don't Own Me is reconstructed by CPI and has been smoothed out into the vastness, but still retains a slight feel from the original.

The real beauty of Now That's What Your Parents Call Drone Volume II is in how different artists take hold of these songs making them close or far from the original. With so many artists, all of the flavors are different for your idea of what drone is. Also how each track is interpreted will vary with every listener, depending on how well the first versions are known by them. There will be a nostalgic feel at times for some, while for others this will be entirely new. Like Anaphylaxis version of Stay Awhile by the Bells, not so sure many people have ever even heard the original Bells version, and if they have, would they be listening to this various artist drone tape now?

The variation within this release is very pleasing and combined with the enormity of the entire cassette, this can hang out for long stints in the deck without ever seeming to repeat. Out on Big Sleep Records in physical form in an edition of fifty. Also found a nice write up on this from Tabs Out.  

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