Queen Victorias Jubilee - George Bonanza
After releasing a few EP's ("Double Mint" and "Farm Loops 99") during the last year, young artist George Bonanza has come up with a unique first album, chocked full of samples, sound clips, vocals, and live recordings. He again features 2 tracks starring Al Shipley (Western Blot front man and drummer). This sound bender of an album is nothing that you would hear on the radio or in your Spotify playlist.
The album itself features 16 tracks (+ 1 bonus comedy track). Each track punches a different way. Some are a cheeky one liners, others a love letter. Like many early works, the songs are short and sweet. Nothing drags on for longer than it needs.
Highly recommend this new album by George Bonanza, a new name to the music scene. George enjoys making music during his free time between his 9-5 "waging".
Manipulated vocal sample is pitched down and then bounced over drums. Features a gradual synth and serves as a lighthearted introduction to the album. The intro clip comes from a DJ Kenn interview ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8X4K-o2Z18). The Korean in the name comes is inspired by one of the samples.
Bass guitar really carries this to another level. One of the standouts on the album. This will put you in a crime noir set in Berlin or Budapest.
The first track on that features vocals by George Bonanza. "Twisting back time" is repeated a lot. High paced, drum and bass with sparkly synths. The saturation gives the feeling that you are in tunneling through space. I have spoken to George about this and he said he used a handful of Chicago house and Italo disco synth samples.
Cry of the City 02:24
Mixture between James Bond and David Lynch.
Come come Mr bond, you enjoy killing exactly as much as I do. The clip is in fact from Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in "The Trip"
Queen Victoria's Jubilee 02:00
The albums title track. This song is a festival of live recordings by George himself mixed in with a distorted guitar sample.
An intimate track. The lyrics are short but filled with meaning:
"Am I may, If June could say, I pull apart the fresh spring grass, and gaze upon your eyes just like the looking glass"
Carnival Cruise 02:48
The Lazy River (feat. Western Blot) 02:22
Western Blot , Baltimore based drummer and music writer features heavily on this track, providing the background drums. George layers distorted guitars and "lazy"' vocals. There is a tempo shift near the end which keeps me coming back to this track.
Dueling Dragons 01:58
Transport (feat. Glenn Island) 02:27
Glenn Island, the Chicago based artist, raps over a beat that is simple but effective. Purely a synth with no drums. The song lets Glenn Island shine. His lyrics reference his girlfriend, his puppy, his friends, and his ability to find peace and "keep it anonymous". He shouts out an Andrew.
Let Me Finish 01:43
An interesting mix of organic recordings by George and a monologue by Steve Coogan. You can hear distinctly the plucking of a violin, the scratching of a pencil, and a soft piano loop.
Fear in the Night (remastered) 02:32
Haunting transition about halfway through.
Victory Lap 01:47
Tiki Bar 02:31
George said he was trying to make something like Steely Dan here.
Country Song (feat. Western Blot) 01:49
A comedy track that features a small Piano solo by George and vocals by him. The most mainstream song. Another great live drum recording by Western Blot is found here.
終わり(the end) 02:38
A rework of George's song Sand-dunes but without George rapping. The beat gives the listener a sense of nostalgia.
Giga Hammer (bonus) 02:33
Another comedy track. Heartens back to the work of "William Berger"