» » Retarder - Enquiries (Concerning Number, Modernity And Other Interesting Subjects)

Retarder - Enquiries (Concerning Number, Modernity And Other Interesting Subjects) album mp3


1 Dancing 5:31
2 Turn That Light Off 5:33
3 Tongue In The Wind 5:50
4 Farmer Duncan 5:02
5 Dead Numbers 10:15
6 Superman's Cave 5:09
7 Modern Evening 7:50
8 Chalk Is Valuable, Keep It In Your Hand 6:00

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – Lloyd James
  • Recorded At – Wooden Lung


  • Composed By, Performer [Performed By], Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered By, Layout, Lyrics By – Lloyd James
  • Photography By – Marc Blackie


Composed, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at Wooden Lung during 2007 and 2008, except 'Chalk Is Valuable, Keep It In Your Hand' which was composed, performed, recorded and mixed at Wooden Lung 1999.
Lyrics written in 2008, except 'Chalk Is Valuable, Keep It In Your Hand' which was written in 1993.
All material © Lloyd James 2009.

Released in a 4-panel Digipak with a transparent tray; no booklet, no lyrics.
Track durations do not appear on the release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: nd31344 [4] 20-58312
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LM62
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI HK05
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI HK07

Retarder - Enquiries (Concerning Number, Modernity And Other Interesting Subjects) album mp3
Performer: Retarder
Genre: Electronic / Rock / Not music
Title: Enquiries (Concerning Number, Modernity And Other Interesting Subjects)
Released: 2009
Style: Experimental
MP3 version ZIP size: 1593 mb
FLAC version RAR size: 1179 mb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 975
Other Formats: AU WAV AC3 MP1 AIFF MMF MP3

It only takes the intro track of Lloyd James’ solo debut as Retarder to realise that Enquiries is going to be quite the eclectic experience, one which presents an unwavering attitude of absolute indifference to popular forms of music. While not quite the composition of Beethoven or Bach, there is a definite orchestration at work: each track itself is a movement, separate to each other. As such there is panoply of expressive experimental sounds, odd arrangements buttressed tightly across eight incredibly divergent tracks.Pirouetting piano opens the album in discordant display, tones offset minor and dissonant with a melody just out of grasp until the patterns of the rhythmical tapping emerge from the non-stop gyrations. It is far from the realms of the more popular palette that Naevus evince and it becomes just the first in a ride of strange songs. There are ambient flutters where cans rustle in winds, which flute pan-like harmonies out as bursts of steam frosting into icicled bits and bytes, and dark and internally haunted empty rock that stomps and growls.For the faithful, there is a track similar to the Naevus-style, but when juxtaposed subsequently by a throbbing bodily pulse and guitars flanging into white noise, sparking like welding torches, and electronic signals squealing unrelenting sirens, it is all like enjoying the countryside before then returning to the mechanical factory. A midi ensemble blare plastic horn to soft strings in an improvised performance of virtuosity next. Lyrical accompaniment to the songs on Enquiries are rare with only a few arranged around melody and form, even in these moments Retarder takes different tack with the presentation of arrangement and instrumentation.The experiments on Enquiries proffer a keen insight into the musical talents of Lloyd James, just a small sampling to be sure, whose gamut of expression on the album is startling from one track to the next at first listen, so much so it could almost be a different artist each track. That being said, the album has cohesiveness to its erratic eccentricities to be enjoyed repeatedly.Tourette Records keep the packaging succinct, dark ochre gatefold digipak set tastefully in old style serif with an inlaid photograph of Mr. James and the liner notes on the recording process: everything procured from his hands to your ears. [HEATHEN HARVEST]