Artist: Clockwork Orchestra
title: A Fish For A Heart
keywords: keywords: experimental, electronica, electropop, synthpop, pop, alternative, psychedelic, melodic, rock, Ireland
label: Soft Bodies http://www.softbodiesrecords.co.uk/
Melody maker and allround music fanatic Paul Mangan had a heart, but replaced it for a fish so he could make his newest Clockwork Orchestra album; a good trade as this fish has a great way of beating energy while whispering wicked ideas. In fact it seems that this fish comes from a music orientated family, with brilliant ideas in song structure, poppy lyrics and thoughtful baselines. The fish obviously makes the blood flow flowing quicker through the veins than if it was just a heart of a clock.
The album that was written after replacing the heart is one that will make a mark on our imagination, fulfilling our lives with pleasure and of course providing the soundtrack for all kinds of parties. This fish isn’t the lonely snapper; this is one who loves friends smothering up in happy vibes with lots of wacky candy for the ears.
The first song that gets the legs hopping and bopping is the hit single ‘The Generator Girls’,
you might recognize this name from an earlier post, but as everyone has bad memory problems, here is the excellent music video for it to dust off your brain and peel out your eyes from amazement:
Clockwork Orchestra (I wanted to write Clockwork Orange, but could contain myself just in time) surely broke the realms of energetic singing, refreshing melodies and story-telling all at once. Blame it on the fish, but ‘The Generator Girls’ is just the first step of this showcase of happy talent. This is the first tune from twelve! This should be enough music to get your body wobbly and your mind wiggly. If you too had a fish instead of a heart; the fish would do a salto mortale of joy!
The second track ‘Thoughtful Thieves’ is another single on this exercise of happiness. Here the fish gets a nod in the wonderful pronounced lyrics. The music goes hand in hand with rock and carnavalistic game music, the melodies are of a kind that gets the fish tails splashing while the accentuating organ and guitar goes hand in hand like the exchange of interlocking fingers renacting a handshake among friends. Speaking of friends; I had to think of electropopsingersongwriter Alan Lauris while I was dancing on this tune; I envisioned a collaboration of these two electropop singer songwriters invading the world like fish & chips!
Not that Clockwork Orchestra needs any help, as Clockwork Orchestra is a true master in singing and most notably in songwriting. And the inherited knowledge of music coming from the fish that replaced the heart really works out in this magnificent album.
One of my personal favorite’s tunes on it is ‘Puddle Fishing’. It’s a more stripped down work, (which isn’t stripped down at all…) and has a lovely swing to it. Here I have again this urge to share it among friends. I think this track Graham Boosey of Rainbow Valley would enjoy too..And perhaps you, ……… (imagine your own name on the dots) would love this one too! The swing of puddle fishing has something to lock arms with people (real or imaginative) and swing from sideways along with the music.
For the next track named ‘Percy’ the sitting and swinging is over as this tune is one to stand up for, jump up and be cheered up by the pop that pops! This is the moment for action as a listener; to play the air guitar, clap hands and act like you are an airplane dancing while running around. The moments of interaction gets the highlight when we are raising a glass to ‘Percy’ and become all Percy! This is truly a music piece that sets the night on fire and an inner cloning system in action!
While dancing to this happy energetic song I dreamt of being at a club with Clockwork Orchestra rocking the stage. I was there with Harry Merry who was in the crowd singing along. It was an amazing dream; something that we should turn into a reality somehow someday.
All the tracks are great, but ‘Clean Clothes, Dirty Girl’? Well this one is obviously great too! In fact this one has to be the catchiest of them all, also has the most memorable sentences of them all. Add that this song has the loveliest baseline and that there is indeed also a cowbell! I played this song mixed with other songs like a potpourri of brilliance and all the girls around loved it although some tried to poke out both my eyes…
But it just might be that ‘The Man With The Golden Nose’ is even a top notch higher up on the catchiness scale. Definitely another single (this record is full of singles!) , but it’s the singing and the structure of the music that gets to me. It’s sang and played ( I believe..) through the secret ‘rainbow fish’ technic. This is a technique that makes everything sound as if it’s made out of rainbows. The words and the melodies go from the bottom, to climb to the top and then slide down the rainbow and then will have so much fun that they will do it again and again.. Lots of fun!
A lovely beginning in ‘The Beginning Could Be The End’ could turn quickly in a disastrous end. It is a song about a date or a wonderful relationship, and all goes downhill with tensions between tentacles as reality kicks in of not being a real mix and match. It’s a recognizable story of a fight for independence, thoughts running wild and excellent frustrations that could rip a dreamlike picture apart with the struggles of absurd classes within reality. It’s the story of the prince and princess of a fairytale after the tale is finished, getting the frustrations out on each other but it is music-wise so expressed that the solid episode of madness are actually turning out in a joy for the ears!
The song text of ‘Squeak Intervention’ are like a bright happy LSD trip, while keeping focused and refraining from hallucinations but introducing optical illusions instead. Retroactivity can be heard ruling its scepter and the replaced fish splatters lovely music out of its still wet skin. The first reference is ‘bubble and squeak’ which personally reminds me of this ‘one pound’ DVD collection that I was collecting. (now all lost at Goth who knows..), one of the highlights was a ‘Bubble and Squeak’ episode which was probably the lamest thing I’ve ever seen. I loved it! It must be the magic of these three words together. An intervention of Bubble, and, & squeak. But to go back to the music: it’s a retro fantastic happy song starting calm but moves with uplifting synth melodies that are running up and down towards the end.
I love this song named ‘Odd Steps’ , especially the beginning in which I could view something warm and cozy. It’s the place to enjoy a lovely cup of tea or a tasty easy meal in a loving place. The music transforms bringing the juicy blubber synth sounds, beautiful orchestrated duet between piano keys , violins and electric guitars. It’s a beautiful gathering complimenting the place while filling it up with music.
The holy sounding ‘10 Stones Unturned’ showcases all kinds of pieces of music, from folklore, guitar playing images of Hendrix, mad organists, wobbling Rasta’s on the keyboards and something that sounds very seventies, very hippy, but a control freak kind of hippy. In other words: it’s a fine blast of extravaganza in which no stone is unturned.
Terry Took The Moon Away! It is a nightmare, as know there will be only darkness. Is this a bad thing? Clockwork Orchestra tells the story in such a happy and bright way seeing the stolen moon as an opportunity to redecorate the night sky with other things. It’s a good idea; there is lots of space now that the moon is away. In fact the music gets so hyped up over here that we might as well just use the free space to create a dancing among the stars! Who wants to join in?
The deliriously delicious ‘Crepe Paper Ghosts’ molds all warmth of friendliness together in an lovely orgy of perfectionism and madness. Confetti drops from the ceiling, an orchestra of violin players peek from under a curtain, lovely juicy synths sounds are brought in with balloons and even the toothless smile like they have never smiled before!
This is the grand finale, the last moment of this wonderful melodic album that proofs that replacing your heart with a fish is not only a safe activity, but also a key to success! This long awaited album is released today (the 1th of December 2014) so get your fish fresh and enjoy it with your heart: