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I Didn't Know I Was Singing, Vol. 1 [Vinyl]


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The Sursiks, the masters of musical reverse-engineering, have 16 phone messages from the answering machines of family members and friends and set them to music, largely unaltered. The messages are not simply slapped on top of pre-existing music for the sake of novelty, but they are the melodic material from which the rest of the music is born. The result is a truly brilliant, hilarious and mind-altering concept album that will change the way that you listen to the human voice out in the real world.

Because the lyrics were all improvised when the messages were recorded, they contain a type of honesty and life that pre-meditated singing often lacks. Emotions from the whole rage of human experience, (joy, anger, loneliness, drunkenness, deceit, humor, contrition, alienation, envy and desire) are matched and amplified by excellent musicians playing real instruments.

The musicians include 3 members of the legendary American ska band Gangster Fun, and the playing is all top-notch. The musical style and instrumentation varies from song to song, which makes it an interesting listen all the way through. The arrangements are deep and colorful enough to still be interesting after listening many times.

Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HOUSECORE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B003ASPYXW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By TorreyHoag on September 8, 2010
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I bought this record for the sole fact that it was released on Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records Label, not really knowing what to expect. Personally, I'll have to be in a very weird mood to ever really listen to this album again. It's very odd and I was not a fan of the strucural sequencing of the songs. To me, all it really is is a bunch of inconherent noice palyed overtop of phone messgaes. Your call....
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