Exposé Online banner

Colin's Godson — In Silicon Heaven
(Puzzled Aardvark no#, 2017, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-06

In Silicon Heaven Cover art

Looking at the thread running through this Glasgow band’s releases since 2015, you will see a story line of Colin’s Godson’s (mis)adventures. In their last installment, The Timely Demise of Colin’s Godson, Colin’s Godson passed away. Now with their fifth album, Colin’s Godson in Silicon Heaven, we are treated to a vision of Colin’s Godson afterlife in a heaven — or is it hell? — of obsolete technology from the 80s and 90s. This is a fun album of twelve Britpop and New Wave songs. In line with the plot, the band restricted themselves by playing obsolete and cheesy electronics. They recorded the entire album on a Casio SK-1 purchased in 1991. We are treated to tales of love, loss, obsolete Nokia cell phones, LaserQuest, a Sinclair ZX81, Amstrad mini-computers, video games, etc. all of which come together in a vague metaphor about the inevitable decay of our own fleeting existence. These are upbeat, happy tunes with a variety of musical touchpoints. The New Wave songs like “Teletext” have an Ultravox vibe. “(Stuck in a World of) WarCraft” is a gothic song sounding like something Voltaire might have written. And some of the lyrics are quite deft. In “SciFiWiFiHiFi” Colin's Godson is trapped in 1993 with the lyric “the coolest thing I own and I control it with my phone.” The New Wave dance tune “Twitterbot” says “you’re not real, but I like you a lot, you’re my Twitterbot.” And the catchy tune that closes the disc, “Built in Obsolescence,” ends with the recognizable synthesized computer voice from the 90s trying to spell obsolete, but slowly decaying and never quite finishing. If you are a child of the 80s/90s you will appreciate all of the references to the technological toys you grew up with and discarded for something new. If you are a vinyl junky, be on the lookout for the LP when it hits the streets in November. Right now the record plants are backlogged with the Bowie reissues and labels with small runs are put on the back burner.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Colin's Godson

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Liberation. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Kilgore Trout - KGT – Kilgore Trout has been kicking around the Northwest for some years now, after relocating here from the Northeast. This migration to Seattle might be typical for a rock band, especially a really loud...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues