Thursday, January 08, 2015

Love is not a bandage to cover wounds

If ever there was a debut album where band name, album title and cover design matched the music, it is this one. The moment I had it in my hands, I thought "Postrock!", and I was right. Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas hail from Birmingham, a five member collective ranging from 21 to 25 years old. Their album is somewhat in the style of Mogwai, but their original instrumentation (including on different tracks a harpsichord, a bandoneon, and a pipa) makes their sound unique. Warmly recommended for lovers of the genre.

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 Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas.
[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 (from 2014 onward: any part of a random quotation will do). The random quote that came up was by Hugh Elliott: Just because you love someone doesn't mean you have to be involved with them. Love is not a bandage to cover wounds.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, These dreams, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were BattleLines 30 yellow and Rockwell Extra 19 black, 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.