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Pelican City – Rhode Island

Posted on: November 27, 2008

Honestly, until a few weeks ago I didn´t know that Pelican City was an early project from DJ Dangermouse, which you might know from his amazing work with/as Gorillaz, Dangerdoom (him with MF Doom), his legendary “grey album” and of course Gnarls Barkley, which are boring in my opinion. And Pelican City was yet another of Brian Burton’s a.k.a. Dangermouse projects.

Burton collaborates on this record with guitarist Todd Monfalcone, horn player Josh Perry, and sax player John Bell. The combination of deep & heavy Hip Hop beats, melodic guitars, cinematic string arrangements, and chilled out horns create the scenery for the Pelican City, a cinematic backdrop of moody, downtempo trip hop sounds. This charming album sounds more like early Tommy Guerro instrumentals than his more recent stuff. Very spacey and laid back in the sense of Portishead and Kruder & Dorfmeister, pure dope and mellow beats.

“Rhode Island” is the musical description of a place: Pelican City, Rhode Island is the city that the film “The Chilling Effect” (the debut record, which was a soundtrack for a film that remains a mystery) took place in. The city on this album sounds dark and mesmerizing. The music takes you on a journey through different places in the city. Whether the scenery is beautiful or haunting, each place in the city represents an emotional experience.

I guess you best start your own urbanologistic research.


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