"The Flying Coffee Machine" runs on puns, interruptions and arpeggios, performs romantic/ humorous/ dramatic songs about coffee and surreal adventures, and is operated by imaginary sea monsters, balancing on a quirky juxtaposition of diverse musical references, from Baroque, Classical and folk to Punk, and Tchaikovsky to surf rock!
"Affogato", a tongue-in-cheek, action-packed romantic song, celebrating love for a dessert made by pouring coffee over hazelnut ice cream.
"Don't Call Me Darling" is a multi-style extravaganza song sneakily protesting against random people calling you darling, working its way through 50's croon, punk, classical to boogie-woogie.
"Early One Morning" is a soulful blues take on a traditional English folk song.
"Caffeine Lover" a very danceable fuzzy surf-rock love song about.. COFFEE!
"Tira Misu" is a dramatic love song about a delicious coffee-flavoured dessert called Tira Misu. Check out the time switch from 4 beats in the verse to waltz in the chorus!
These songs have been performed for enthusiastic audiences at various venues in London, and also Brighton and Oxford. In live performance, there are various elements of audience interaction (the audience are invited to contribute sound effects during parts of the song).
In celebration of the sound of the acoustic piano, "The Flying Coffee Machine" EP features a piano setting on the keys throughout, a new vocal sound, and guitar from Daniel Devilson as well as other differences! It also has 2 new songs on it, ie: recorded in-studio for the first time!
As compositions, these come out of the vocalist and keyboardist, Mr. Squid's classical piano training and several decades of immersion in Western European Classical music and life experiences. An untrained singer, he makes no pretensions to having a great voice, performing to communicate the main idea, the storytelling element and give an impression of the character of the songs, in an experimental/punk/folk kind of a way.
"The Flying Coffee Machine" serves as creative project documentation. In making this recording, Squid & The Krakens attempt to capture the live performative aspect, provide inspiration/entertainment for the community. In addition, it could potentially be used as references by performers wishing to cover the songs.
Recorded between October-November 2016, it was mastered over the winter period (this took a while due to engineer illness and other setbacks). It is finally ready and looking forward to being listened to!
released February 29, 2016
Performed by: Squid (Main Vocals & Keyboard)
Daniel Devilson (Guitar)
Caro Sexyrubbersole (Drums & Backing Vocals)
Composer/Lyricist: Angelus Squid Marr
Except for the lyrics of "Early One Morning" (Traditional)
Recorded at Tigersonic Studios, London
Recording Engineer: Felix X file Macintosh
Mastered at One Louder Studios, London
Mastering Engineer: Alan Emptage
EP artwork: Squid
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to:
the wonderful people who contributed to the costs of the recording and mastering of "The Flying Coffee Machine":
Jamian Wetlaufer, Jody Atkinson, CN Lester, jmp, Sidd, Anna Williams, Charlie Murray, Peter Kelly, Stephen Street, Nikos Kavalis, Lucy Van De Wiel, Dr. MCC, EJ Glez, Chip Blank, Badger, Caroline Fionda-Dedman, Kate Summerside, Megan Perryman, Benny Ashmore and Mr. Squid's Mum.
Big thanks to Squid's family and to all our friends for being supportive, attending our gigs, word of mouth etc. It is all very much appreciated and memories of all the fun times performing and interactions are very encouraging!
WE MADE THIS FOR YOU!
Production Date: November 2015
Released February 29th, 2016
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