‘ANATOMICRON’ by THE OBSERVATORY
Throughout their journey from folk electronica to dark wave, across Bangkok and Bergen, and through multiple line-up changes, The Observatory
has never looked back. The audio documentary Anatomicron
marks the first ever chronicle of the band’s evolution, tracing their experimental path to revelatory effect.
A collection of unreleased and live material, demos, covers and rarities, Anatomicron’s 13 tracks find The Observatory venturing through constantly changing terrains. Songs from their five albums are represented here in both embryonic and crystallised forms, with frontman Leslie Low alone on some demos, and the band jamming together with unbridled intensity on other numbers. Alongside these is the Nick Drake gem “Joey”, captured during a rather noisy bar gig, where The Observatory’s penchant for re-imagined covers cuts through the chatter. Other surprises abound: an early live recording of the popular “Ask” from one of their first concerts as a five piece, a long forgotten alternative arrangement of “Invisible Room” from Dark Folke, and from more recent times, a ‘Goodman Doom’ variant of “Ends To No Means”.
A record of places and people as much as music, Anatomicron unsentimentally takes stock of the past, freeing The Observatory to further their expedition in sound and songwriting. Compiled by the band themselves, Anatomicron is digitally released in support of the documentary The Obs: A Singapore Story, for fans who have followed The Observatory throughout their expansive years, and as an initiation into one of the most forward-looking groups around.
(Digital only MP3)
- Live at The Substation 2003
- JOEY BY NICK DRAKE (COVER)
- ACID PILLS
- MY WHOLE LIFE
- Live in Bangkok SO::ON Festival 2006
- DOWNWARDS IS HELLWARDS
- INVISIBLE ROOM
- Demo (Jaws) 2008
- Jaws (begins at 3:54)
- BLOOD RISING
- Live at UCC Theatre HEXA VI 2009
- THIS SAD SONG
- ONE-DIMENSIONAL ONE
- ENDS TO NO MEANS
High quality MP3 audio encoded at 320kbps
Downloadable digital booklet and album art
Compiled and mastered by The Observatory
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