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Blumpkin Nation

"The Invisible Movie Soundtrack" CD

Penny Nation

Genres: rock, electronica, soul

Feb 2 - 8 2004

What a confusing release.  The cover art is awful, the liner notes are unreadable at best, and the label's website is equally confounding.  I'm not sure if Blumpkin Nation is the band, or if The Invisible Movie Soundtrack is the title - it could be the other way around, or something different altogether.  All I know is that this album is the aftermath of a collaboration between many of the Penny Nation collective's bands and artists, and that it's really, really good.

The Invisible Movie Soundtrack is eclectic in the true sense of the word, comprised of a wide array of different sounds and flavours; rock, soul, pop, electronica, and jazz concepts are all tapped.  But this doesn't make it disjointed or awkward at all - in fact, it just makes the album that much more enjoyable.  The irresistible, almost Elf Power-esque folk-tinged pop of "She Sings To Me" is surely one of the album's best assets; it's so pretty it will get Elephant 6 fanatics excited.  Soul tunes like "Darwin" and "Damn Alright" are also in abundance on The Invisible Movie Soundtrack, lending parts of the album a laidback, chilled-out feel.   The Wings-meets-shoegazer ballad of "Disappear" is another highlight, boasting a very memorable melody that could have been a hit in the seventies.  It's got a serious Paul McCartney sound going on.  Meanwhile, the Spanish flavours of "Pramahna" mustn't be ignored; it is one of the mostly uniquely enjoyable songs this album has to offer.

Also impressive are the many short electronic / pop interludes that occupy the spaces in between Soundtrack's longer songs.  "Gan" and "Daneloo" are prime examples; the former is awesome - its slippery, throbbing sound is both moody and exquisitely infectious - but the brooding, spacey melodies of the latter really take the cake.  "Flute Stretch" is also a quality interlude, boasting some nice flute / electronic fusion.

There isn't a single dud on this album, which is especially impressive considering it's twenty-six songs long, including the bonus instrumentals.  The Invisible Movie Soundtrack is recommended, no matter how awful the cover art may be.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 19 [+ 7 hidden] tracks, distributed by the label, released 2001]