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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B000V6KHOM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Words To Live By0:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nice Butterfly Mask 8:19Album Only
Listen  3. What Color Is The Sky In The World You Live In? 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Parakeet Beat 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Captain Knowhere0:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fire Escape 9:12Album Only
Listen  7. The Wind Has Ears15:29Album Only
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BBC Review

First there was folktronica, then nu-folk and now there are all sorts of weird and wonderful sub genres ranging from trippy psyche-folk to punky anti-folk. Sunburned Hand Of The Man is one collective that refuse to fit neatly into any category, no matter how many musical venn diagrams the media draw around them. They're not even technically a band - more an ever-changing line-up of artists and musicians united by their shared love of exploration and a slightly gospel-sounding search for the 'ecstatic truth'.

Famed for their experimental, folk-infused ramblings, they have traditionally skirted the mainstream. But a collaboration with electronic maestro Kieren Hebden aka Four Tet has produced their most accessible album yet. Fire Escape is not exactly easy listening but has an engaging post-punk, Cabaret Voltaire feel that opens up their improvised world of noisy samples, heavy percussion, live jazzy drums and strange squelchy sounds.

Musical fanatic Hebden's interest was first pricked four years ago by a piece in experimental bible, The Wire, referring to Sunburned as the leaders of 'New Weird America'. A record-buying spree followed, then an invitation to bring their live improvisational styles on tour to counter his electronic creativity, and then finally last year they came to London to record his vision of a Sunburned album. Fire Escape, in all its paranoia-inducing madness, is that vision.

Compared with their last album, Z, this is a pop record. Created in four frenetic hours in Hebden's studio, it became a labour of love for the jazz-influenced producer. Performed by ten members it moves from the bizarre to the beautiful with the traffic-like, bolshy drones of 'Nice Butterfly Mask' bleeding into the ethereal loops and cymbal clatter of evocative tracks like 'The Wind Has Ears'. 'Parakeet Beat' launches off a percussive platform into a maelstrom of delay and distortion. The clubbiest of the album tracks, it's been remixed by Norwegian dance master, Bjorn Torske.

Boredom Eye's brain-bending artwork completes this surreal, creative package which is to be appreciated if not always enjoyed. --Serena Kutchinsky

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Much like their Finish counterparts over at the Fonal label, these chaps blend their free folk acid folk with electronica on this album to delerious effect. This is the first release I've heard and I bought it on a whim, partly because of Eye from Boredoms artwork, partly because I remember reading about them in the Wire and partly because I like Keiran Hebdens music but not enough to buy that many of his records... so I guess I was intrigued to see how he might work as a producer. I've actually always enjoyed his remixes and his recent collaboration with Burial was quite good fun too.

Anyway in short.. it's jolly good to start with, Hebdens - Four Tet - twitchery is stamped all over which makes this glitchy hippy commune music alarmingly good fun... it gets a bit messy and distracted and loses interest before the end of the record, but you might have guessed that.
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At the moment, Kiran Hebden can do no wrong in our house and this album makes my head spin - it is the closest I have ever come to to hearing music that makes me feel as though I have taken something I shouldn't have.

Won't try and describe the album because it is too complicated for a simple soul like me and I also struggle to compare it to anybody else but if you like Four Tet and the work he has done with Steve Reid then you will not be disappointed.
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