"Food For The Moon Too Soon" CD
Genres: experimental, free jazz, avant garde
PO Box 411194
Feb 3 - 9 2003
recently been really impressed with the Entartete Kunst label.
Known for their experimental releases ranging anywhere from downtempo
electronica to radical political speeches, EK's output thus far has
been absolutely amazing. Not to be confused with the (also
excellent) Canadian Entartete Kunst who released those No Music
Festival boxsets a long while back, San Francisco's EK are currently
celebrating the release of their most accessible album thus far, Eddie
The Rat's Food For The Moon Too Soon.
Comprised of twelve or so members, Eddie The Rat is
something of an orchestra, with members playing everything from the
cello and the violin to a mouth harp. This album documents a
live performance by the ensemble at the "Artist's Television
Though definitely not for everyone, Eddie The Rat's style is
a surprisingly accessible one. Tracks like "Food For the
Moon Too Soon Pt. 1" and "I Ovulate In Mode" have definite melodies - the second, in fact,
boasts a moody female vocal bit
that really has a smooth feeling to it. "Life (As A
Prosthetic Workaround For The Soul)," meanwhile, is a strong track
with an eerie melody that's intertwined with all sorts of
little soundclips and noises.
Altogether, Eddie The Rat's Food For The Moon Too Soon
is a fantastic live release that really shows off the band's inventive
style. Sometimes outrageous, sometimes creepy, but always
enjoyable, the band have a fresh style that's really worth checking
Fun Fact: Entartete Kunst gets their
name from the German phrase meaning "Degenerate Art."
An "Entartete Kunst" exhibition was set up in Nazi Germany
in 1937 by Hitler and Goebbles - the point was to
ridicule art that didn't follow the "virtues" of the Natural
Socialist regime. In 1939, most of the paintings were burned by
German authorities in
Berlin. The majority of this was modern art that was deemed too
avant-garde to fit in.
9 songs, distributed by AK
Press, released 2002]