Friday, December 12, 2008

Graeme Jefferies - Messages for the Cakekitchen (1988)

'Messages for the Cakekitchen' was the first and last Graeme Jefferies album to be released under his own name. With songs reminiscent of his work in This Kind of Punishment, 'Cakekitchen' announces itself with quiet urgency, but the facade is transparent; under the surface of its baroquely textured beauty lies a palpable menace. On those few occasions that Jefferies invites this ferocity to the forefront, the result is a cacophonous transcendence. Jefferies' baritone, subdued and emotionally evocative, propels the album forward to an unknown end; subject to the hypnotic intensity of its droning lull, the listener has no choice but to continue on. "All the Colours Run Dry," "The Cardhouse," and "Is the Timing Wrong?" are all among this listener's favorites, and I feel that this album, along with Peter's 'The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World,' evokes and equals the brothers' time spent in This Kind of Punishment; the same peculiar sense of humanistic surrealism permeates each. Don't miss this one. - Ariel

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, his best solo album (my opinion). I love "Prisoner of a single passion", many sentimental memories. Jay

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ariel :-)

gomonkeygo said...

Dang - beautiful words as always! I gotta go re-listen to this now. Thank you for inspiring me.

hookfinger said...

Way to go! My cd burner is not working and i only have it on vinyyl or i would have posted it myself.

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard this album in years. I forgot how beautiful it was. I used to have it on vinyl, sadly I don't anymore.
Thanks for the post!!

Sarah

STWND said...

Graeme Jefferies new Cakekitchen LP coming very soon from Violet Times http://somethingthatwouldneverdo.blogspot.com/2010/06/cakekitchen-kangaroos-in-my-top-paddock.html