On first listening, one wouldn't imagine that this is an album recorded live on electric bass without overdubs-- the drumming sounds and percussion alone seem to transcend what can be done with the instrument. But it's what Hall does with the army of textures, rhythms, harmonics, and vocal sounds he creates with the bass that makes it a great listen. Slip Out comes on in a creeping dub and establishes a mood of film noir; The Premonitions is somehow like a pop song, but soaked in fuzz, dark, yet hopeful, strange yet reassuring-- catchy yet decidedly from another place altogether. Random Acts of Desperate Magick, a flowing compsoition that takes a left turn every few seconds of it's close to 14 minute long running time, comes off like a remix album channeled through an electric bass. Nothing Is Sexier Than Space flows like an out take from an old MIles Davis jam, with Hall using bass harmonics to conjur the chimes of a Fender Rhodes keyboard. Children and Small Animals is pure funk. Greet The Dawn, an ambient landscape in 13/8 time (which, like much of Lovebrain seems fitting for an eleborate film sound track) closes the film and brings us back to consciousness. Hall has crafted a fresh sound that relies neither on gimmicks nor hooks, production values or technical showmanship; there's a simplicity, if not purity to the album and this allows for such fluid genre bending. The listener hears with a sense of clarity something familiar, but new, through what Hall recombines and translates through an electric bass. It's apparent that an album like this hasn't been done before. (And if it has, not to such a coherent and rewarding degree). Yet Hall does not seem to care: creating everything on electric bass is just his way of making good music-- just a means to an end. The title Lovebrain makes sense after listening: feeling and technique fused together in a paradoxical and beautiful sound. Lovebrain: written, recorded and performed live on electric bass by Perry Hall. Recorded direct to 2-track, Spring 2008, without overdubs (edited). Mastered by Will Schillinger (Daniel Lanois, Miles Davis, John Medeski) at Pilot Recording Studios. Produced and engineered by Perry Hall at LBM. Distributed by Wet Media Group (2008). .
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