Bonefish Sam & His Power Orchestra

Fake Fun

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An institution in Boise, ID, Bonefish Sam & His Power Orchestra expresses itself through sound collage. TV advertising, old records, toys, and cheap drum machines are mixed and held together by strange danceable frames, resulting in accessible music ranging from Muzak to sound art. There is an amateurish quality to the whole project that some will despise, but most ideas are good and well exploited (e.g., the sampled laughter alternating with the sentence, "OK, no laughing" on "Smorgasboard"). Rhythm is almost omnipresent and steady -- it's what goes on top of it that's weird. After the announced ten tracks, the listener is treated with a "bonus" three minutes of rambling recollections narrated without music and an overlong 22-minute sound art piece of little interest. Fake Fun is not the album of the year, but it packs some good fun for the fan of experimental forms of expression and recalls in some of its aspects the rare oddity that was Makkiwhipdies' His Name Is Nnnnnn...A Musical Extravaganza.

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