Procosmian Fannyfiddlers — Requiem Fatigue
(Langt Lem LLR666-17H, 2009, CD)
by Pam Thompson, Published 2011-06-01Sweet voices and guitars start off the Procosmian Fannyfiddlers eighth CD, Requiem Fatigue. The band calls their style burlesque progressive rock, and that's pretty accurate. The tales told here are definitely for the over-16 crowd, with lots of lasciviousness and lust, and a good dose of politically incorrect crudity thrown in for good measure. If they put parental advisory stickers on prog albums, this album would qualify instantly. The stories told are dark, fanciful, sexy and at times nearly pornographic. A sense of humor runs through every song, sometimes evident in the titles ("Carpe Scrotum" anyone?). If you're easily offended this is not your territory. If you were amused by the Scorpions' inaccurate use of their English/German dictionary when writing lyrics, then you're sure to be amazed at how this Norwegian septet have a full command of the less-than-niceties of the English language. That aside, the music is interesting and full of solid rhythms, excellent vocals and beautiful instrumentations. The songs tend toward melodic and have a nice depth, with violin and flute coming in over the guitar/bass/keyboard/drum foundation in just the right places. The music is engrossing enough that the lyrics aren't the first thing you notice. After a couple of listenings, though... well, who says music can't be a bit of off-color and still artistically viable? It is here.
Related artist(s): Procosmian Fannyfiddlers
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more