02 The Chinese Carnival Show.
02 The Chinese Carnival Show
On his first two albums, L.A.-based composer EGO PLUM had written & recorded miniature lo-fi symphonies of sickness... short blasts of instrumental mayhem that showed his debt to RAYMOND SCOTT and THE RESIDENTS. But his musical vision was too big to be locked up in his bedroom. So Plum began work on THE RAT KING, a project that would eat up several years of his life. The digital circus punk of his first two albums widened into something more personal and undefinable – it now had elements of film scores, classic Beatle-esque pop, twitchy post-punk and every other assemblage of sound that had been rattling around inside his head. Lyrically, the stories were both absurd and thought-provoking: from the mental anguish of Hansel & Gretel, to the mundane attractions at a Chinese carnival, to a trip into the inner-psyche of an ill-intentioned music teacher. The vision was thorough and complete. Finally, Ego Plum brought in some of the top players from L.A.'s rock & jazz scenes to bring his songs to life. A four-piece horn section, vintage keyboards, electronic & trash can percussion, drums, marimbas, upright basses, acoustic & overdriven guitars all sharing the sonic space, sometimes complimenting each other, sometimes beating each other senseless. Official website: http://www.ebolamusic.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/egoplum Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/egoplum YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ebolamusic Blogspot: http://ebolamusic.blogspot.com ITUNES: http://tinyurl.com/42olrkw