The Talking Book

Bill Gould, Jared Blum

The Talking Book

Koolarrow Records

Bill Gould of Faith No More’s newest release marks a new direction for the renowned bassist.  Teaming up with conceptual musician Jarad Blum whose work is perhaps best known under the moniker Blanketship to sift through a sea of forgotten vinyl for the two’s first sample-based album.  The Talking Book has a dark feel to it, something different than the styles of the more well-known sample artists.  Lo-fi to an almost disruptive quality (but not quite), the warbled guitar and gloomy piano illustrate a distinct feeling of decay.  The duo attempts to capture a feeling of “scenic beauty in a state of decomposition” and hit that sweet spot perfectly.  Radically different from any of Gould or Blum’s previous releases, The Talking Book is excellent for what it is.  Certainly not intended for a wide audience, but if you want your boundaries of music pushed a little further into the dark unknown this record will fill your wants.

 

Released:  5/10/2011

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