Misophone, now in their eleventh year together, have amassed hundreds of highly original songs for the ears of anyone willing and wise enough to lend them. Aside from the bounty of their self released collections, many albums have also been officially released on the acclaimed Swedish label Kning Disk (home to Anna von Hausswolff, Ebbot Lundberg, Small Feet etc) Japanese label Lirico and now, once more, on the wonderful French independent: Another Record.
With musical styles ranging from Victorian music hall, Americana and European folk, but harnessing an essence very much their own, they have continued to garner a cult of supporters around the world. Reliably reticent and still refusing to play live, their new album Lost at Sea has opened the doors to a new breadth of styles and influences. This may be there time to step out of the shadows.
Lost at Sea is Misophone’s 9th officially released album. In the past they have been compared to Tom Waits, Daniel Johnston, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Neutral Milk Hotel, and this album still conjures the dusty crackling atmosphere of their previous releases. The carousel mellotron and oblique lyrics of the last handful of records are now bolstered by a finer crafted songwriting sensibility and (dare I say it) the occasional and magnificent electric guitar solo. Previous Misophone albums have sounded like some lost 78 found in attic gathering dust; this sounds like a collision of Nuggets psych, John Jacob Niles and a Hungarian Beatles tribute act; in short- absolutely god damn brilliant.
Some of the tunes are bolstered by strange home recorded samples from the 50s and 60s, the best of which collected by Phil Nohl at The Playdium (http://theplaydium.com/). These instrumental oddities act as curious interludes between the brilliant pop craft Misophone effortlessly display on this their most accessible album to date.
Lost at Sea also sees the return of regular collaborator Alone With King Kong, who adds robust trombone blasts to Broken Radio, their most Balkan influenced recording for some time.
With any Misophone album the key is to expect the unexpected- Lost at Sea does not disappoint. Take a little step into their world… and soon it will all make sense.
S Herbert- Vocals, guitars, violin, ukulele, banjo, pianos, mellotron, zither, autoharp, midget accordion, melodica, music box, glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, bells, miniature pump organ, chord organ, cuckoo, singing saw, Theremin, various percussion etc…
M.A. Welsh- Words, vocals, found sounds, & kitchenalia.
LOST AT SEA – (december 2013)
1. Mistery man
2. Quiet lies
3. I need to see sea
4. Can’t you smile
5. Broken radio
6. What will become of us all
7. To be alone is to be free
9. Dead man
10. Sun is gone
11. A brief survey of the arts
12. Quiet peace and silence
DUST IN THE CORNERS – (december 2013)
SONGS FROM AN ATTIC – (december 2011)
1. Good morning sun
2. Swan’s road (w/ Aubben Renée)
3. Tides and sighs
4. The end of a love affair (w/ Alone with King Kong)
5. Blackbird on a gravestone
6. What the water gave to me
7. The closest I’ve ever got to love
8. Time is a bully we all pretend to love (w/ Aubben Renée)
9. Castles in the sand (part 2)
10. Last night
11. Backgarden Bastards
12. Barnaby Flower (w/ Alone with King Kong)
13. I am a mountain dog
14. From beyond the bridge
15. The untold joke
16. Rock scissor stone
17. Everything has changed
18. Song from an attic
I SIT AT OPEN WINDOWS – (april 2009)
1. Oradea at dawn
2. Castles in the sand
3. Run run run
4. A ghost of right wing america
5. Days of regret
6. Skylark in F
7. Lost march for the dead
8. Rest asleep
9. Bull horn instrumental
10. The faces in the window
11. Interlude 2
12. Cow bell blues