First Sighting

First Sighting

by The Martin Green Machine


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First Sighting

This album comes as quite a surprise from the accordion player in LAU. It's definitely not folk, but far more new music, walking a line that veers wildly between the avant-garde and rock & roll, with cut-ups, samples, screaming guitar, brass, and most everything but the kitchen sink. However, if that makes it sound over the top, it's anything but. The ten pieces are very controlled, ranging from the aptly titled "Repetition" to the neo-funk that underpins "Can't Use a Map" (although it's more funk in a Gang of Four style). It's a disc of constant surprises, and none the worse for it. "Rory" draws on samples of Rory McLeod as well as a George P.S. Peterson poem to create a light atmosphere that thunders into "PSP." There's plenty of electronic manipulation, and a sense of roughshod adventure about everything, but all assembled with taste and a strong sense of musicianship. It won't be to everyone's tastes, but get into it and it's something you'll play over and over again.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2011
Label: Navigator
UPC: 5060169470729
catalogNumber: 28

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Green Machine   Primary Artist
Tom Cook   Guitar,Vocals,Guitar Effects
Rick Taylor   Trombone
Barnaby Stradling   Bass
Eilidh Shaw   Fiddle
Inge Thomson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sophie Bancroft   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Fergus Kerr   French Horn
Anna Massie   Banjo
Martin Green   Accordion,Sampling,Wurlitzer
Alyn Cosker   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Cook   Artwork,Illustrations
Tom Cook   Sound Effects
Calum Malcolm   Engineer,Mix Control
Rick Taylor   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements
Inge Thomson   Composer
Mattie Foulds   Engineer
Martin Green   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements

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