Harpooner

Harpooner

by Paul Brill
     
 

As heard on his fourth album, Harpooner, Paul Brill isn't so much a singer/songwriter as a composer, and not so much a composer as a sound collagist. He constructs his musical tracks from snatches of conventional instruments -- piano, bass, oboe, English horn, cello, trumpet -- larded with, as a credit for Joe Bonadio puts it,See more details below

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As heard on his fourth album, Harpooner, Paul Brill isn't so much a singer/songwriter as a composer, and not so much a composer as a sound collagist. He constructs his musical tracks from snatches of conventional instruments -- piano, bass, oboe, English horn, cello, trumpet -- larded with, as a credit for Joe Bonadio puts it, "percussion, all things beaten and broken." It all sounds like a bunch of kitchen utensils, a couple of alarm clocks, and a music box slowly tumbling down a flight of stairs. To this, Brill adds his voice, singing in a register above his natural one and occasionally breaking into falsetto, phrasing lazily in sing-song melodies as if he were just waking up from a nap. The songs lurch along to ramshackle rhythms as Brill mutters his vague, navel-gazing lyrics, until they stumble to their ends, only to be followed by more of the same.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Scarlet Shame Record
UPC:
0837101218986
catalogNumber:
898

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brill   Primary Artist
Joe Bonadio   Percussion
Nancy Hess   Bass,Wood Block
Harvey Jones   Sounds
Tony Levin   Bass
Catherine Bent   Cello
Matt Ray   Piano
Andy Cotton   Double Bass
Oscar Stivala   Trumpet
Shayne Blue   Vocals
Katie Scheele   English Horn,Oboe

Technical Credits

Harvey Jones   Programming
Joe Lambert   Mastering
John Vanderslice   Contributor
Andrew Bird   Contributor
Pablito "Dronkit Master"   Composer
Paul Brill   Composer
Kelley King   Art Direction
Adam Haggar   Engineer
Jessica Kesselman   Prints

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