Bambi (Momus album)

Bambi is a 2013 album by Scottish musician Momus. It was released on September 30, 2013 by independent record label American Patchwork on CD and distributed by Darla Records.

Bambi
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2013
Length41:08[1]
LabelAmerican Patchwork (AMPATCH014)
ProducerMomus
Momus chronology
Bibliotek
(2012)
Bambi
(2013)
Turpsycore
(2015)

Background

The first installment of MOMUSMCCLYMONT, a collaboration with ex-Orange Juice member David McClymont, was released in the same year.[3] Songs from Bambi and from other 2000s albums Bibliotek, Glyptothek, and Turpsycore were recollected in the Cherry Red Records anthology Public Intellectual.[4]

Production

Cover

The cover was designed by James Goggin[5] and the illustration by Barcelona-based illustrator Miju Lee. The cover also features a typeface called "São Paulo Shimbun" based on the masthead typography from a Japanese-language newspaper printed in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2011, Momus discovered a copy of the newspaper at the Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction in Kobe, Japan and wrote "I want someone to make a typeface based on that masthead so I can use it for a future album cover."[6][7]

Music

Momus did not use click tracks, MIDI, nor reverb to produce Bambi. Instead, he used a broken guitar, a broken piano, a condenser microphone, another cassette player for distortion, and a couple cassette recorders. For percussion, he used an Anglepoise lamp and pencils. For the guitar, he used Kleenex facial tissues to dampen the strings and inserted the microphone beneath to make kalimbalike sounds. For the piano, he prepared sounds in "the Cagean manner."[2]

Themes

The album features songs about Ludwig van Beethoven, Molly Drake, dystopias, evangelism, and Klaus Kinski.[2] "The Ephebophobe," set in the year 2047, is about a person being punished by having Google physically removed from his brain.[8]

Reception

The Honest Ulsterman's Darran Anderson praised the album saying "Bambi makes me imagine twirling a radio dial through lo-fidelity broadcasts from another world, despite it being very much our own."[2] Rolling Stone's Dave DiMartino reviewed Bambi favorably with "[i]ntricate, subtle stuff, which might have eternal value were it not loaded with catchphrases and tech-lingo that will render it charmingly dated in milliseconds."[9]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."The Blind Boy"3:24
2."Bambi"2:47
3."Deer Wife"2:49
4."The Fallacy"3:54
5."Love Isn't a Right"3:29
6."The Ephebophobe"2:51
7."Lipgloss"2:36
8."Kinski Gets Angry"3:09
9."Song of Norway"2:29
10."Hammered Horse"2:17
11."Pots"2:50
12."Skriptorium"3:02
13."Crispbread Pagoda"3:46
14."For Elise"1:45

References

  1. "Bambi - Momus". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. Anderson, Darran (May 2014). "Life is Short but Art is Long". The Honest Ulsterman. Verbal Arts Centre. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. Markham, Dirk (29 March 2017). "Momus at O Tannenbaum / Friday, 14.04.2016". Digital in Berlin. digitalinberlin.de. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. Cherry Red Records staff. "Pubic Intellectual: An Anthology 1986-2016 Cherry Red Records". Cherry Red Records. cherryred.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  5. Abbott, Bonnie (28 January 2014). "Practise makes perfect for James Goggin". Desktop. Desktop Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  6. Momus (15 December 2011). "In Kobe yesterday I stumbled by chance on the... - Mrs Tsk *". Mrs Tsk *. Tumblr. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. Practise staff (October 2013). "Practise: Archive". Practise. practise.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  8. Tenaglia, Francesco (September 2015). "Momus. A Walking Interview". Momus. A Walking Interview. Noch Publishing (published 2015). ISBN 978-1-78301-808-6.
  9. DiMartino, Dave (29 October 2013). "Fire Down Below! - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
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