Bob Drake: "The Shunned Country" 
2005 ReR Megacorp

It's the 6th solo album, one of the main ideas for which was to satisfy my desire to make very short songs. (Believe me, IT DID.) The idea wasn't to "end a song before you get into it" as some displeased listeners have suggested, nor to bang out 20-second improvisations and call them songs, rather, since it seemed I'd always been headed in this direction anyway, to see if I could make a whole album's worth of fun, entertaining songs, each one as short as possible, while concentrating on melody, proportion and form. The album ended up with fifty-two tracks adding up to forty minutes, with many songs under thirty seconds duration and the occasional "epic" of two or three minutes. Includes several banjo-based songs (my first) and carries on along the eldritch, rural, weird fiction theme with which I seem so curiously at ease... Includes 24 page booklet full of beautiful paintings by the amazing and prolific Ray O'Bannon.


Une des idées pour cet album était de satisfaire temporairement mon désir de faire des chansons très courtes... aussi court que possible... mais toujours avec une belle forme. Ainsi... il y a 52 chansons en 40 minutes; un grand nombre d'entre elles durent moins de 30 secondes, est quelques "epics" de 2 ou 3 minutes. C'est mon premier album qui inclut des chansons sur le banjo, et comme d'habitude, les paroles racontent des petites histoires... drôles mais horribles à la fois. Il y a un gros livret de 24 pages, plein de belles peintures par Ray O'Bannon.

Excerpt 1: 4 complete songs:

Excerpt 2: 4 more complete songs:
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