Friday, December 9, 2011

Robert Ridley-Shackleton - Shut Up Egg - Self-Released
Robert Ridley-Shackleton - Shut Up Egg - Self-released
Following up his recent tape on Goaty, Robert Ridley-Shackleton returns with Shut Up Egg in a self-released edition of 30. Bracingly unhinged, fans of Baronic Wall will be familiar with the territory but Ridley-Shackleton is certainly on his very own trip. Shut Up Egg is a concept album of sorts, documenting Robert's fury towards an egg-man he finds in his kitchen trying to kill his wife, and his feverish desire to inflict yolk-splattering violence against the intruder and his supermarket kin. It's not completely strict in its theme, however, and includes a track about a "silly little poochie" with big feet and ears and a blood-lust towards Robert and his family. A pleasant surprise of the tape comes in the form of the backing tracks and instrumental work, which is less Casio-centric than I remember the last tape being and more experimental in texture, filled with weird growls and industrial noises. Maybe it's because I was listening to him earlier today, but there something vaguely Hasil Adkins about Ridley-Shackleton's strange visions(I'm thinking obsession with killing an egg versus obsession with cutting a woman's head off). Anyway, insular and somewhat unsettling, well, no, straight up unsettling, Shut Up Egg is the product of a unique mind, and will certainly perplex and entertain.

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