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ORGANISMS

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Joseph Quinn and Lizzy Burt

Photo by Richard Shashamane

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L to R: Alex Elliot, Lizzy Burt, Joseph Quinn, Paul Taylor and Bromley

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L to R: Joseph Quinn, Paul Taylor, Alex Elliot, Lizzy Burt and Bromley

Photo by Richard Shashamane

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Joseph Quinn and Lizzy Burt

Photo by Richard Shashamane

Background to the album 'Mollusk'

RICHARD PENGUIN PRESS AND PROMOTION   ww.richardpenguin.co.uk  mail@richardpenguin.co.uk

 

ORGANISMS- MOLLUSK (TONTENA MUSIC RECORDS) RELEASE DATE 7/7/17.

 

DARK AND BROODING YET ACCESSIBLE ALBUM DEALING WITH INNER DEMONS, ALSO CELEBRATES NATURE AND ALL ITS WONDERFUL CREATURES.

 

While it would be easy to pigeonhole Organisms as a dark and brooding band lyrically exorcising life’s demons and devils there is far more to them than that.

 

Formed by former frontman of The Grazing Saints Joe Quinn together with Lizzy Burt one half of The Woodland Creatures the band also includes former Grazing Saints bassist Paul Taylor, drummer Alex Elliot of The Horo Quintet and keyboard man Bromley who is a mainstay of many a Norwich band.  Alex superseded drummer Mick Amato who had to leave the project due to a relocation move away from Norwich.

 

If Joe’s previous incarnations dealt lyrically with sadness (Grazing Saints), and gladness (Amazing World of Living Things) his latest project touches lyrically upon madness in its many forms while musically embracing psychedelia, garage, doom and with the addition of Lizzy folk elements and sweet harmonies abound.

 

Inspired by life’s excesses, manifestations, and travels through Astral realms Joe seeks to exorcise his demons through the power of song most notably on the epic ‘Vampyr’ and the equally witchcraft inspired ‘Golden Door’ on which he faces up to his devils, and seemingly concludes that the drugs don’t work, and the self-realisation on ‘Re-arrange’ that change is needed and that blotting life out is not the answer in the refrain of ‘Everyone is feeling something, I’m feeling nothing, nothing at all’.

 

 A stark bass line opens the album drawing us in on ‘Waves’ and is soon augmented by a sweet and swirling keyboard line acting as an analogy for the sea itself which looks appealing but equally has its dark and menacing side. A wave can be surfed, but equally it can drown. We need to keep our heads above the water. Hook lines aplenty ‘The Games Non People Play’ sparkles into life from the off with dual lead male and female voices bursting with energy emanating from ‘my knees to my feet’ and  ‘arms to my head’ to the ‘eyes to my soul’ sung in a style akin to Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell meets Frank and Nancy Sinatra. Nature abounds on ‘Treetops’ with its refrain of ‘As seasons change your priorities change too’, while soulful vocals meet Meddle era Pink Floyd on the desire to be able to fly, be it with wings or medication on ‘Astral Bodily Hair’.  

 

Joe wanted to work with Lizzy not only due to her sense of harmony but as he liked her style and song-writing and her contributions to the album emphasise the importance of the natural world with ‘Green Grass’ acting as a parallel between the need to care for the environment as well as for people, while the black and white colourings of the ‘Magpie’ punctuate the deep blue hues of the sky and lush green of the grass reminding us that not everything in life is vibrant and affirming.

 

Dark and brooding and dealing with inner demons the album equally uses nature, creatures, the sea and the coast as analogies ‘Mollusk’ has moments of retreating into its shell, and times of bursting out and announcing itself to the world, and once you have discovered it you will want to keep prizing it open and discovering what lurks inside time and time again even though all that you find within may not glisten and glint. 

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Anna Mudeka Band: DENDENDE (album)

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DENDENDE - Album sleevenote:

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Anna Mudeka (double page article) in B-Me Voices Journal Issue here:


 http://issuu.com/jobridging/docs/3._b-me_voices_i3_winter_2014

Anna Mudeka (article) 'In the Business of Music, Culture and Compassion' here:

www.prowess.org.uk/anna-mudeka

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DENDENDE (single)

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Anna Mudeka:

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Copyright: Richard Shashamane

Copyright: Simon Watson Photography

Shane O'Linski:

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