Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic ‎– Pyroclastics

Cuneiform Records ‎– Rune 35
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1 Shortwave Longride 2:59
2 Pleasure Island 6:06
3 I'm A Pterodactyl 2:58
4 Why Not Circulate
Percussion – Ken Winokur, Willie Alexander
5 Sled 4:50
6 The Simpsons
Percussion – Ken Winokur
7 Tyronglaea II
Percussion – Willie Alexander
8 Papercutstone 4:52
9 Sombre Reptiles 3:59
10 Nothing But Trouble 1:59
11 Tomorrow Never Came 4:04
12 Our Prayer 2:34

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Recorded and mixed March / June 1991 at Lyx Studio, Worcester.
Track 12 recorded December 1989 / January 1990.

© 1992 Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
℗ 1992 Cuneiform Records

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • SPARS Code: AAD

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February 25, 2014
With the departure of the manic piano percussionist Roger Miller, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic seemed to lose part of their originality on their previous Cuneiform release Faultline, becoming uncharacteristically too much of a fusion (read: jazz-rock) band. Also, strangely, that album seemed to be missing something, good as it was it didn't have that Birdsongs magic that made their previous releases so engaging. And, in retrospect, when listening to Pyroclastics, it's obvious what was wrong with Faultline: jazz saxophonist (multi-instrumentalist) Steve Adams didn't fit in with the Birdsongs sound, and has since been ousted. Ken Field, whom it would seems has been brought up listening to a heavy dose of Lindsay Cooper, Michel Berkmans, Gilles Renard, et al, is still in the band and here he's given much more room than on Faultline. Thus, Pyroclastics is an extremely lively new twist to the Univers Zero Heatwave sound, and there's a return of the Birdsongs trademark in lots of percussive "Stravinsky-esque" piano.
From my review in Audion #21, published in May 1992