Music Review: Monk Turner’s Kaleidoscope (Free Download)

by Robert Nagle on 11/8/2012

in creativecommons,music

In reviewing Monk Turner’s latest album, Kaleidoscope, I wanted to try a technique that writer Paul Ford used when reviewing SXSW music tracks. He wrote 6 word reviews of every single music track  at the festival (all 1000 of them!).

White. Ebullient vocals bursting ahead –with piano.
Blue. Nonsequitur lyrics, skipping  outside, lightly, saxily. 
Fuchsia. Joyful Jingle about an unpronounceable word.
Marron, Chic, catchy  madcap Euro-lounge nonsense.  
Beige . Encomium to Blandness. Uncontroversial neutrality — hurrah!
Deep sea blue … Lullaby for the forlorn. Waltzing Alone.  
Chartreuse:  Jazzy sensual investigations: Peculiar!  Sexy! Gross!  
Zymenchlora — moody & somewhat lugubrious  long tones….
Silver — being 2nd Best ain’t so bad.
Gray – Slow, Sullen  warbling. Strange,  pretty singing. 
Bistre — glistening, enigmatic lyrics  transforming into — what?
Purple — Slow  Wistful  duet on AM Radio.   
Solid Gold. Great 80s car commercial, retro slacks.
Cerulean. Happy-go-lucky wistful upbeat duet.
Yellow. Cool, sassy female. Totally  fbomb-worthy!
Green. hazy postmodern multilingual sampling. Choppy unpredictabilities! 
Tan. Self-Assured Recitative about graham crackers.
Magenta. Pondering, wondering, elusive strumming. Is it….?

In summary: quirky songs (with outbursts of poetry)

Added bonuses. Read my profile of Monk Turner’s other album projects and a 20 minute dialogue between Turner and Alanna Lin about the writing of that marvelous song Totally Blue

Kaleidoscope cover art

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