Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Chaos is an impossibility

They are advertised as the next big thing in post-rock, but if you expect sounds like Godspeed You Black Emperor, Explosions in the sky or even Sigur Ros - you will be surprised. New Zealand's Raka Maomao play a far more subtle brand of minimal music, perhaps best compared to the later albums of Talk Talk. Only five compositions on the album, but each lasting 10 minutes or more. It says a lot for their musicianship that they never outstay their welcome though. A candidate for my top 10 of the year.

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 Raka Maomao.
[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 Madeleine L'Engle: A life lived in chaos is an impossibility...
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Who's afraid of Red and Blue?, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Underground 45 Red and Grand Stylus 60 Blue, 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.