Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! I am so excited I can hardly breathe!
The Pony Harvest
An Individual Note: Of Music, Sound & Electronics (White Label Music)
The Pony Harvest is “the electronic brainchild of chilled pastry products connoisseur and librarian-about-town Richard Bradley”. Richard’s unhealthy obsession with vintage synthesizers makes this album sound like something Add N to (X) might have come up with if they’d stayed in their bedrooms instead of playing at hip clubs. Occasionally, however, the music drifts towards something Jean Michel Jarre might play if he had a sense of humour instead of a large laser collection, but that’s really not as wrong as it sounds. And on one track – The Worst Secret Agent in the World – The Pony Harvest manage to reproduce the sound of the finest computer game the world has ever seen, Sam & Max hit the Road. Unfortunately it all goes horribly wrong when the piano kicks in on Brain Medicine, a maudlin tribute to the Lonely Man theme that used to play at the end of the Incredible Hulk TV series. Still, plenty of quirky synthtastic fun, and top marks for The Planets rhyming of “Mars” with “faux pas” and “Uranus” with “Samantha Janus”.
This… there are no words for it. Just watch. Make sure you have sound turned on. And a box of man-sized tissues close at hand.
Brian Eno at his most wilfully obscure: this is hilarious.