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Calgary's A Band collective follows in the tradition of the People Band, Scratch Orchestra, and Portsmouth Sinfonia in creating swirling mixes of traditional and non-traditional instruments.

A Band

A Band: Amphibian (Bug Incision Records)
Label: Bug Incision Records    
Released in: Canada    

"A new set of studio recordings from the latter day version of the A Band. As noted in previous musings (check out David Keenan's article on The Wire site) on this collective, the A Band follows in the tradition of the People Band, Scratch Orchestra, and Portsmouth Sinfonia (and oddly enough, Calgary's own Street of Crocodiles), ditching traditional notions of instrumentation and ability for a more disparate and unique flow of ideas and sounds. Standard instruments (piano, clarinet, electric guitar) sit alongside makeshift/found percussion, weird electronics, and vocal utterances, the elements shifting in and out of focus, often seeming as if players are walking in and out of the studio at their leisure, adding something then moving along. The first track is largely acoustic, featuring a swirling marriage of its rag-tag odd and ends, while the second main track (actually the third) features a much different feel and heavier usage of electric sounds. Totally bizarre, singular, and unlike anything else on Bug Incision."-Bug Incision

Treated white card sleeves with color & b&w stick-on art, edition of 119.

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Treated white card sleeves with color & b&w stick-on art, edition of 119.

Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bic-01
Squidco Product Code: 13126

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded May 9, 2009 at Ealing Studios.


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Track Listing:

1. They think they're packing up, but they're not 13:27

2. CAKE! 0:45

3. Amphibian 21:24