Got a CD called Seahorse and the Storyteller, by Michael Leonhart and the Avramina 7, in today's mail. Here are the two paragraphs from the press release that nearly caused me to hurl the CD the length of the post office:
While on the road with Steely Dan in 2005, Leonhart came up with the idea to record a concept record that would meld the styles of Bollywood funk scores, '60s psychedelic rock, and the mythical storytelling of artists like the Beatles and Donovan. Seahorse and the Storyteller is a modern kaleidoscopic opera that in the words of Leonhart, "tells the story of two mythical creatures who meet, fall in love and begin piecing together the mysteries of each other's past."
Seahorse and the Storyteller is a record that defines genre generalizations and will prove to be one of the most enjoyable and interesting records of 2010. With quirky arrangements featuring strings, mellotron, fuzz guitar, horns, vibes, farfisa, gang vocals, and practically every percussion instrument under the sun, Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 have created a new and unique sound that heavily draws influence from artists like R.D Burman, The Beatles, Fela Kuti, and 60's psychedelic but manages to sound completely fresh and new and like nothing else out there.
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I would seriously rather have a lit match stubbed out on my eyelid than listen to this album.