The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies

The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies

by Burnside Project


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The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies

Electronic dance music and indie pop
ock might be hard genres to comfortably blend, but the Burnside Project make an admirable and mostly successful go of it on their first effort. Many, if not most, of these songs could have been straightforward indie pop if arranged differently, with their oddball, dislocated, impressionistic lyrics and wistful melodies. It could even be said that they're not as talented at mix-and-matching synthesized beats as they are at crafting effective mood songs. But the songs do groove to those rhythms fairly naturally, and the group, with much outside assistance, does a lot to vary the textures and meters of both the electronic percussion and the other instruments. Too, there are tracks which are just atmospheric settings with beats and vocals rather than standard songs, like "Only Ordinary." Vital humanizing elements are the haunting guest vocals of Shannon McArdle (who's heard on five cuts), though the more nonchalant singing of fellow guest Hub Moore works well too. Though the bands aren't too similar, this could appeal to fans of Stephin Merritt, as it's also electronically oriented indie pop
ock with a human face, though the Burnside Project are less ironic and distanced (and more steeped in dance music) than the electro-slanted projects of main Magnetic Fields man Merritt.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2003
Label: Bar/None Records
UPC: 0032862013829
catalogNumber: 138

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burnside Project   Primary Artist
Ray Ketchem   Drums
Richard Jankovich   Group Member
Gerald Hammill   Group Member

Technical Credits

Pat Longo   Contribution
Pete Hofmann   Contribution
Ray Ketchem   Producer,Remixing,Contribution
Glenn Morrow   Contribution
Michael Reilly   Contribution
Hub Moore   Contribution
Jonny Cohen   Contribution
Chuck Stephans   Contribution
L.D. Beghtol   Contribution
Burnside Project   Producer,Engineer
Richard Jankovich   Arranger
Gerald Hammill   Arranger

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The Networks, the Circuits, the Streams, the Harmonies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard's experimentation with different sounds and beats combined with his bent for melody make this album interesting enough to warrant multiple listenings but catchy enough to enjoy on the first go-around.