Melodic Revolution Records is thrilled to announce the release of “Dreams For Imaginary Puppet Shows On The Radio” by UK Psych/art-rock band BABAL. this is the band’s sixth studio album and the follow up to HELLISH INTERLUDE a very Limited Edition Custom USB. Most of the material contained on the USB has never seen the light of day, and is only available via this collection and only on Bandcamp.
In 2019 BABAL had to cease performing and recording. Vocalist and writer Karen Langley had Stage 4 Cancer requiring many chemotherapy sessions and a stem cell transplant; she is now thankfully in remission.
Karen was unable to sing during that year so we wrote lots of instrumental tracks, visualizing them as puppet shows on the radio!!, while others could possibly be destined as re-arranged tunes with vocals in the future.
Then along came Covid 19……….
The third part of The Circle of Confusion of Tongues trilogy, “(I’m Just A) Spirit in A Meat Suit” has been delayed as we are mixing and mastering remotely which takes time. We plan to release the album later this year.
The music on Dreams for Imaginary Puppet Shows on The Radio reveals the different yet identifiable and distinctive sound of Karen Langley(voice/devices), Rob Williams (guitar, guitar synth, bass), and Jon Sharp (drums)
BABAL’s desire is to never stay in one musical place too long remains a constant with the band.
1. GUNDY (2:52)
2. CROW BOY (2:20)
3. SHALL NOT FADE INTO THE NIGHT (3:36)
4. BUNKER 1A (2:38)
5. HOGGOTH TIME (6:49)
6. WATER HOLE (2:33)
7. VOID (4:27)
8. AHAB’S PROMISE (5:03)
9. DARK CITY (2:00)
10. SCORPION MASTER (20:22)
11. NIGHTFALLS (5:18)
12. NOIR (2:09)
13. YOG SHOGGOTH ABSORBS L.A. (6:02)
The concept of a puppet show on the radio threw us a few imaginative curves and strange angles when thinking about, and improvising the music.
Along with the track titles each piece has a “dream” concept portraying possible scenes in the puppet show, described in a dark and Lovecraftian manner – or you may choose to visualize your own Puppet Show on the Radio – let us know where it takes you! There will be a prize….
Here are a few examples:
Track 4. Bunker 1A “The sirens cry out in the vile depths of the hellish metropolis – the cries of the lost and the yells of epiphany. They cavort and wail to hellish pipings and bongos”
Track 7. Void “She wanted to rise above the dimensions of mundanity, to drink deep of the nectar of the cosmos. As her body became lighter, the winds of the universe took her far into her beyond”
Track 8. Ahab’s Promise “Stiff and twitching, Ahab raised himself from his tattered cot. The universe was beckoning with it’s benign smile so he staggered on into the hellish night on raggetty stick legs – leaving behind the relentless rot and canker of his demented obsession”
Track 11. Nightfalls “Lost in the vast world of fluid – a vicious and languid ambivalence slipped into the hellish concept of what he was becoming – sinking into the stinking depths of his tattered and eviscerated soul”
The album will be released on purple vinyl style CD in a record style sleeve with an outer 4 page gatefold sleeve (MRRCD 22193) and download.
Pre orders from 14 August 2020 and release date of 21 August 2020 on Melodic Revolution Records.
All Songs Written By Karen Langley & Rob Williams
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