Renaldo & The Loaf ‎– Songs For Swinging Larvae

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Lime Jelly Grass 2:31
A Medical Man 1:16
Bali Whine 2:28
Kimbolton Gnome Song 3:19
Frass 1:42
N2O (Going Under) 1:42
B.P.M. 2:32
Spratts Medium 1:17
Honest Joe's Indian Gets The Goat On The Way To The Cowboys' Conga 3:32
Ow! Stew The Red Shoe 3:24
Bustle The Burgoo 2:33
Is Guava A Donut? 4:19
A Sob Story 3:24
Hats Off, Gentlemen! 3:31
Renaldo's Trip To Venice 0:32
Ted's Reverie 2:01

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Alaindexe

Alaindexe

October 8, 2016
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Songs For Swinging Larvae, LP, Album, RL 8108

'Renaldo & the Loaf' is a British band discovered and signed by the Residents on Ralph Records. Apart from a taste for tripped music, his characteristic is to give itself a lot of trouble to create strange sounds without using a synthesizer, a move reminiscent of the pioneers of the electronic music in the 1960’s.

First, it should be noted that the cover is the work of Gary Panter who also did covers for the Residents and Frank Zappa. The first notes of 'Songs for Swinging Larvae' evoke the weird world of The Residents but the sound of Renaldo & the Loaf is more minimalist, more percussive and the structure of the pieces is closer to the collage. The experiments follow without ever resembling anything we’ve heard but recall the naivety of The Residents and Jad Fair. In addition to using rare instruments for this kind of music – bouzouki, mandolin, bells, bamboo – Renaldo & the Loaf uses accelerated bands, sounds played backwards and sound loops, methods that require a lot of work. Why split hair not to use synth? To have a different sound then those who use them of course ! One of the interesting track is 'Way’s to the cowboy’s conga', a mix of Native American rhythms with a beautiful clarinet, all in a naive coating a tad progressive culminating in a crazy sound loop : 'Boum boum crash crash' (on ​​the US vinyl edition, it continues on the central groove of the disc). There’s also 'Hats off, gentlemen!' which begins with a piano loop à la Steve Reich on which is superimposed a myriad of other interesting sounds. Renaldo & the Loaf has also done the excellent 'Arabic yodeling', an album that’s more homogeneous and 'Title in Limbo', a collaboration with the Residents.

© Alain Cliche 2016
shoestringrecords

shoestringrecords

April 15, 2013
referencing Songs For Swinging Larvae, LP, Album, RL 8108
Easily my favorite Renaldo & the Loaf LP, but then again, I've given this one more listen than the others they put out. Great UK tape experimental weirdness from this duo, who previous put out a cassette (and later a re-recorded/edited LP) titled "Play Struff & Sneve". Also noted for being one of the only 'outside' artists invited to play with the Residents, whom they recorded an LP with ("Title in Limbo") (they were also signed to Ralph, the Residents' label).

This LP is sorely needed to be reissued on CD, as does the rest of the R&TL catalog - sadly, it is all out-of-print, and those titled that were issued on CD in the early 90's now fetch $$$$.

Fans of the Residents should give this a listen; also recommended for those who dig UK experimental late 70s-early 80s recordings, especially lo-fi/home recorded stuff.
shoestringrecords

shoestringrecords

April 15, 2013
referencing Songs For Swinging Larvae, LP, Album, RL 8108
Easily my favorite Renaldo & the Loaf LP, but then again, I've given this one more listen than the others they put out. Great UK tape experimental weirdness from this duo, who previous put out a cassette (and later a re-recorded/edited LP) titled "Play Struff & Sneve". Also noted for being one of the only 'outside' artists invited to play with the Residents, whom they recorded an LP with ("Title in Limbo") (they were also signed to Ralph, the Residents' label).

This LP is sorely needed to be reissued on CD, as does the rest of the R&TL catalog - sadly, it is all out-of-print, and those titled that were issued on CD in the early 90's now fetch $$$$.

Fans of the Residents should give this a listen; also recommended for those who dig UK experimental late 70s-early 80s recordings, especially lo-fi/home recorded stuff.