Busy Being Slow
On the way to work this morning, I almost ran over a pelican with my little rust-wagon.
It’s an animal with wings, but it decided to walk across the highway at its own pace, even stopping for a few seconds to try to scoop up a bug or a toad (I don’t know what those things eat and I don’t want to spend the finger energy to google it. It’s fish though, right? They eat fish. That’s why they have the stretchy necks and the sloppy yellow jawbone/neck-sack). It had no idea I was throwing a few hundred pounds of metal parts its way, or maybe it didn’t care.
I slowed down, almost to a complete stop and let the bird get to the other side of the road, the Big Lake side. The side where its buddies hung out and swapped fishing stories and talked lakeside real estate and summer vacation. I looked to the right (the Big Lake side) and there must have been twenty of them(pelicans), absolutely swarming a hunk of miniature island rock, all huddled together. And after this flightless Pelican takes his/her sweet-ass time crossing a highway, it takes one step in the grass and starts flapping, flying low over the water towards the tiny pelican commune, the free-love, white bird pad. And as the bird gets close, half of the island takes off ahead of it, so there were ten of these big birds just hoofing it.
Either that was the big boss bird scattering his sleeping employees or it was the equivalent to the Bus Driving bird, the tired and overworked Pelican with the saggy neck and saggy eyes that’s in charge of directing the rest of those idiots to the next fishing hole.
Either way, what a cool bird.
Go Hawaii is my second experience with Casino Versus Japan (the first being Whole Numbers Play The Basics). There’s a gloopy, woozy electronic quality on that album that really pulled me in. And while it’s still very present here on Go Hawaii, it comes with some occasional baggage now; some elements that take away from that Sodium Arc, 3:00 a.m. quality that was so present on WNPTB. It’s been a while, though. Maybe I’m just remembering things wrong.
This is an album I feel like I could chop apart and parse into a few different playlists. There are downtempo beats like “Local Forecast” and “Over Island” which feel more traditional and icy cool. And then there’s something like “Larp”, which is titchy and almost tiring to listen through at six and a half minutes. It’s a weird contrast.
Everything’s still very solid instrumental electronic bits that mirror my first experience with the artist, but the consistency just isn’t there this time.
2.It’s Very Sunny 4:45
3.Late for School 6:16
4.Local Forecast 6:02
6.Dielectric Saints 7:07
7.We Are You 1:25
8.Over Island 5:53
9.The Larp 6:21
11.Warm Windows 4:51
12.Go Hawaii 6:49
A good and hazy electronic album that falls flat in a few spots.
Pick it up HERE and bring money. If you want to.