Monday, October 24, 2011
SKINNY PUPPY'S "HANDOVER" STREAMING IN ITS ENTIRETY
SKINNY PUPPY's latest masterpiece "hanDover" has finally arrived and is available today. The album has received critical acclaim, and deservedly so as it is an amazing follow up to 2007's epic "Mythmaker". In celebration of the release, AOL Music is streaming "hanDover" in its entirety at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/17
Once you have checked out the album, be sure to purchase your copy HERE
peta2 has teamed up with SKINNY PUPPY and is offering an exclusive mp3 download of the track "Wavy" at this location. This mp3 is only available through next week.
hanDover, centers not only on the unbridled greed of the world's financial organizations and the governments that enable them, but the climate of political impotence which makes people resign their fate, no matter how insidious the situation gets. In typical PUPPY form, hanDover finds the duo moving forward while still maintaining that sense of aural discovery that has been a hallmark of their 26-year career.
"It's definitely the overarching feel of 'bend over and take it,'" offers Ogre, only half-kidding about the album's theme. "I recently listened to the record and it's making even more sense to me. We're certainly experiencing the rape of mankind as the world's economies slide even further and the inability of people to look around them and see what's going on. You're starting to see a neo-feudalistic empire on the rise. People are getting so pissed off, they're turning on each other."
"I didn't want to write the record the same way as the previous ones," says Key about his m.o. on the first new PUPPY music since 2008's Mythmaker. "I wanted there to be fresh angles, both in the songwriting and the programming platforms. I was changing the whole element of myself just to see what would happen. In the end, I made something different, but it was still coming from me. I'm not interested in looking at my accomplishments and myself. Like any electronic music fan, I look at the big question: Where is it all going?"
Aided by longtime associates Ken "Hiwatt" Marshall and Mark Walk, Ogre and Key have delivered an album that mirrors today's cultural uncertainty. At its most jarring, hanDover feels like digital epilepsy, exchanging the band's predilection for opaque menace for a trembling, near spasmodic discomfort. The amphetamine glitch-worship on "Gambatte," and the mechanized percolating of "Icktums" (with the refrain of "Worship money, worship nothing") further emulates a societal framework that's got its foot on the gas pedal on the road toward extinction. Ogre's twisted fable, "Brownstone" is shored up with twitching synthetics reminiscent of an orgy of hospital equipment. "Village" is an indictment of financial institutions through the prism of the ignorant populace that let them get away with the ruin. ("We're all made to participate in it, so we're all in collusion," explains the singer. "It's your typical Ogre paranoid ditty, complete with tinfoil hat.") The seven-minute "NoiseX" weaves layers of programmed breakbeats into phase-shifted psychedelic vistas to simulate a supercomputer's ascension into purgatory. Ambience or attack-mode, you make the call.
When considering the amount of factors contributing to today's artist-hostile environment, one wonders why some people even bother to continue to make music. It seems Ogre and Key have far too many ideas ricocheting in their individual skulls to ever succumb to ennui or the entitlement groupthink of many of their colleagues. One of their albums was titled Ain't It Dead Yet: But after nearly three decades of service, 14 studio albums, a plethora of remixes and all the cartwheeling through a whole lot of psychic minefields, the answer is a resounding hell, no. Because SKINNY PUPPY is one beast that cannot be tethered.
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Posted: 10/24/2011 01:35:00 PM