Songs for Swinging Larvae/Songs from the Surgery

Songs for Swinging Larvae/Songs from the Surgery

by Renaldo & the Loaf

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Of all the groups that the Residents signed to their Ralph records label, English duo Renaldo and the Loaf were the most slavish copyists of their label heads. Twisted high-pitched vocals, childish melodies, a general air of menace and unease, with a primitive approach to instruments: For those new to both bands you could see how the two could be mistaken for the other. Songs for Swinging Larvae, their debut album, features 16 short tracks of grating, nonsensical songs, with lyrics that sound good but mean little. The duo forces instrumentation through effect boxes, working with tape loops and cut-ups to grab any interesting sound they can. And while much of it comes off half-baked (many of the tracks fall apart on examination, their only raison d'etre being a weirdness one-upmanship), there are some pieces here that you'd want to hear more than once: the gamelan and sax throb of "Bali Whine," the threatening crescendo of "BPM," and the dark bubble of a tape loop that spools through "Spratt's Medium." Music guaranteed to rid your house of unwanted guests.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2019
Label: Editions Mego
UPC: 5050580715479
catalogNumber: 6
Rank: 40422


Disc 1

  1. Lime Jelly Grass
  2. A Medical Man
  3. Bali Whine
  4. Kimbolton Gnome Song
  5. Frass
  6. N2o (Going Under)
  7. B.P.M.
  8. Spratts Medium
  9. Honest Joe's Indian Gets the Goat on the Way to the Cowboys' Conga
  10. Ow! Stew the Red Shoe
  11. Bustle the Burgoo
  12. Is Guava a Donut?
  13. A Sob Story
  14. Hats Off, Gentlemen!
  15. Renaldo's Trip to Venice
  16. Ted's Reverie

Disc 2

  1. Henri Lies
  2. The Wheelchair Song Sketch
  3. Moths on Sloths Version 1
  4. A Medical Man
  5. Honest Joe's Indian
  6. Fat Man's Visit
  7. Melvyn's Repose
  8. Moths on Sloths Version 2
  9. Bustle the Burgoo
  10. Acoustic Guitar Sketch
  11. The Hydrophile
  12. Gone to Gondwana
  13. Token Nudity
  14. N2o (Going Under)
  15. It Is What It Is (Really)
  16. Father Always Kept His Hand Closed

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