Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The vineyards of equality

They have a pretentious name, their first album has a pretentious title and their music is pretentious as well.... here is the debut album of Bradford's The Truth. Their music starts where Radiohead at their most complicated moments leaves off, with a strong dose of electronics and complex rhythms, and almost whining singing which has become so en vogue over the past decade. Not a record that will make much impact on the radio waves or in the shops - but they are undoubtedly highly accomplished musicians and deserve more attention than they will get.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with The Truth.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Adam Clayton Powell Jr.: Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Abstraction in balloons, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Arabolical 85 yellow and Judas Priest 85 VioletRed, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.