Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The ice weasels come

Highly original and rewarding progressive folk rock from Switzerland. Czernina are Pirmin Zinsli on guitar, Linus Rausis on bass and singer Heidi Zurbriggen on mellotron, with guest musicians including alpine horn virtuoso Klaus Zuelle. Their first album The ice weasels come is based on a number of folk songs from the Bernina mountains, with a progressive rock treatment that may seem dated but is actually very effective. Recommended.

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 Czernina.
[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 Matt Groening: Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Seven to go, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Frosty 65 Silver and Arctic 85 Silver Yellow, 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.