There will be few more extravagant names than Bunny & The Electric Horsemen to have released records in 2011. It’s actually the brainchild of a Scottish musician (he’s the Bunny) who has enlisted the talents of various other arists signed up to the ever more eccentric Bearsuit Records label and to say that ‘Fall Apart In My Backyard’ is an experimental work would be the understatement of the year.
‘The Moth Poets’ is less a song, more an approximation of the sound effects records which were used to show off new vinyl record players back in the 1960’s. However, we are on safer territory with ‘Snowflakes’. It still resembles the more avant garde moments of Björk but there is a structure which eventually builds up in to an impressive art punk chorus. Other images evoked by the music are underwater childrens’ fantasies (‘Banjo Williamson’) and Japanese exotica (‘Chikyu Wa Mawaru’). The madness does settle down for the spare ‘Singing Ringing Tree’ and the relatively sombre ‘Quel Vino è Generoso’ but in between ‘Pomorksi’ provides an explosion of vivid colours.
The press release suggests listeners may dispute the album’s “melodic and pop sensibility” but in reality the album is tuneful pretty much all the way through. It’s just tuneful in a childlike, oddball scientist kind of way.