Album Name: Animals (11 Songs )
Artist: Son of the Velvet Rat
Year/Label: 2009 / Monkey Music
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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
Son of the Velvet Rat is a project headed up by Georg Altziebler.*
For some reason, the band name made me think was going to be kind of hard rock. Boy was I wrong. It’s largely beautiful piano and throaty, smokey vocals.
Some of these songs are almost lullabies. Very peaceful and soothing. Others do rock out a bit, but never too hard. Same Monkey actually has a bit of a late- 80s cool rock sound.
Dumb Bird then takes things down a notch or several and has a Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen sound. Actually all these songs are of that style.
The title Play a Ghost Note on My Soul is enough to pull me in, but the song is super cool also. It actually reminds me a little of Radiohead.
This is a very cool, dark record and one I’ll be listening to for awhile. Note the alternate title is a tad misleading since there are actually 14 songs on the record.
Albrecht Klinger (guitar)
Bernhard Wimmer (drums, percussion)
Christian Eitner (bass)
Heike Binder (vocals, keys, melodica)
01 Sand Mountain
02 Perfect Picture Still
03 Same Monkey (In A Different Zoo)
04 Dumb Bird
05 La Vache qui rit
06 Stay Aroud
07 Play A Ghost Note On My Soul
08 Do You Love Me?
09 Parrot Song
10 Come Help Me
11 Language Is A Mule
12 Hotel Song No2 (Bonus Track)
13 Straight Ahead (Bonus Track)
14 Fall With Me (Bonus Track)