Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In the wrong building

There is something disturbing about this first release by Alabama's folk rock band Legend of the White Cowl, not in the least because several American white supremist splinter groups have embraced their music as anthems for their cause. The band's name, actually derived from a Russian orthodox story, obviously triggered such reactions in the first place, but even in their music there are ominous references. This is particularly evident in the two instrumentals, which are called "Noose" and "Coon", but also in a song like "Crossing the burning line". Lead singer and main lyricist Joe White (no kidding) has so far vehemently denied these associations, but it does make you wonder. These objections aside, this is solid country rock with a strong folk element, and well worth giving a spin.

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 Legend of the White Cowl.
[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 Charles M. Schulz: I know the answer! The answer lies within the heart of all mankind! The answer is twelve? I think I'm in the wrong building.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, M50, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Morpheus 75 Silver and Vampiress 85 White, 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.