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I Can See Your House from Here

I Can See Your House from Here
Camel
Released October, 1979
Arista AB 4254
Made in US

Posted by peter on April 18, 2014 at 8.33pm in listening
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peter: Good Friday special!

2014.04.18 at 8.35pm · link ·
jodi: Because what else are irreverent atheist music nerds going to do on Good Friday?
2014.04.18 at 8.37pm · link ·
peter: Immediately, it reminds me of that horrible Yes/Buggles mashup!
2014.04.18 at 8.39pm · link ·
jodi: Listen along thanks to some lovely youtube user!

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2014.04.18 at 8.41pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Immediately, it reminds me of that horrible Yes/Buggles mashup!

Oh dear. I was just about to comment on this but then track two started and it's EVEN MORE BUGGLES.
2014.04.18 at 8.42pm · link ·
jodi: Track 2: Your Love is Stranger Than Mine. I feel like I've heard this before. And yes, there's definitely a Buggles-like sound in the corporate-ish production, at least. But also maybe in the voice?
2014.04.18 at 8.43pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Because what else are irreverent atheist music nerds going to do on Good Friday?

I don't really think of myself as an atheist, really. More of a materialist (not in the xmas sense), or perhaps an empiricist (but not a philosopher of empiricism). Which is to say: I'm fairly certain there's nothing that isn't materially of this universe. Insofar as most definitions of god require him/her/it/them to be somehow not material, I'm fairly certain he/she/it/they don't exist. But if somebody ever finds empirical evidence for the material existence of something god-like, I'm willing to accept that, as long as the results are repeatable.
2014.04.18 at 8.44pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Oh dear. I was just about to comment on this but then track two started and it's EVEN MORE BUGGLES.

If there's a genre term for this, it would be "soft-prog".
2014.04.18 at 8.45pm · link ·
jodi: According to Wikipedia, none of the members of Camel had anything to do with The Buggles or any similar bands (just checking) but it does say they're still active. Yikes.
2014.04.18 at 8.49pm · link ·
peter: The release date for this was 1979. There's a lot of synth, textural arpeggios reminiscent of the "space" music of the 70s (I'm thinking Klaatu, Calling Occupants, a hint of Dream Weaver. Please forgive me for linking to those.
2014.04.18 at 8.51pm · link ·
jodi: Because of the awesome cover art, I really wanted this to be more outer-spacey. But instead it's this watered-down wanky-but-not-too-wanky guitar thing, pretty straightforward and commercial, to Prog what Duran Duran was to New Wave.
2014.04.18 at 8.52pm · link ·
jodi: Not that I don't love Duran Duran. Just saying.
2014.04.18 at 8.52pm · link ·
jodi: UGH A STRING SECTION
2014.04.18 at 8.53pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Because of the awesome cover art, I really wanted this to be more outer-spacey. But instead it's this watered-down wanky-but-not-too-wanky guitar thing, pretty straightforward and commercial, to Prog what Duran Duran was to New Wave.

I disagree, see above. Perhaps your standard of "spacey" is Pink Floyd, or Kevin?
2014.04.18 at 8.54pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: UGH A STRING SECTION

Synth-strings, from 1979!
2014.04.18 at 8.56pm · link ·
jodi: OH SWEET JESUS Phil Collins played on this album.

I read that aloud off the liner notes (". . .Thank You to: Mel Collins, for his sax solo. . . Phil Collins [no relation!) for his demon percussion and aural concussion")
and Peter cried: "There's the problem!".

Yup.
2014.04.18 at 8.56pm · link ·
peter: Side two beginneth. "Survival" is first, but I'm looking forward to track two, "Hymn to Her."
2014.04.18 at 9.01pm · link ·
jodi: Finished with Side 1 already. First track on Side 2 is called "Survival" and I was really hoping that it would be a cover of the song "Survival" off the Moody Blues album "Octave" (because how much more stinky could it get, really?) but sadly, this piece has no vocals and is written by one of the Camel members.

That shitty, getting-old-how-much-longer-must-we-do-this Moody Blues work is definitely relevant to this album, though. This album was also later in Camel's recording career and is reportedly more commercial than their earlier work, to which we can't compare as we don't own any. As it is, the only reason we bought this was because of the title.
2014.04.18 at 9.02pm · link ·
jodi: Whoops, wrong, there are vocals. And gosh, it does sound somewhat washed-up-old Moody Blues-ish.
2014.04.18 at 9.03pm · link ·
peter: "Survival" starts with an orchestral bit, and then becomes a cheesy pop song about, well, survival, I guess. "I wanna know, I wanna find out, try letting it all out". Am I hearing those lyrics right? Seems to me finding shelter and getting enough to eat isn't exactly letting it all hang out.
2014.04.18 at 9.04pm · link ·
jodi: There is something else this is reminding me of, though.

Asia?

Yikes.
2014.04.18 at 9.04pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: As it is, the only reason we bought this was because of the title.

And the cover. "Peter, come closer...."
2014.04.18 at 9.05pm · link ·
jodi: Oh, also: like that Spinal Tap song where Derek Smalls gets stuck inside the malfunctioning pod! Yeah! Sounds just like that.
2014.04.18 at 9.05pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: There is something else this is reminding me of, though. Asia? Yikes.

No, I'm telling you, Klaatu!
2014.04.18 at 9.05pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Oh, also: like that Spinal Tap song where Derek Smalls gets stuck inside the malfunctioning pod! Yeah! Sounds just like that.

Oh. You're right.
2014.04.18 at 9.06pm · link ·
peter: Well, "Hymn to Her" is a bit disappointing. I was expecting something over-wrought and wanky, but the wank is fairly subdued and the emotion is pretty much passion-free.
2014.04.18 at 9.07pm · link ·
jodi: "Hymn to Her" is a bit of a departure. Thus far it's been all swooping strings, SOFT PROG guitars half asleep, vocals just kind of phoning it in. This track has MASSIVE SYNTH. And the vocals are a bit more in the vein of Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars. Now that's more spacey!
2014.04.18 at 9.09pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Well, "Hymn to Her" is a bit disappointing. I was expecting something over-wrought and wanky, but the wank is fairly subdued and the emotion is pretty much passion-free.

Okay, when I said MASSIVE SYNTH, it was relative.
2014.04.18 at 9.09pm · link ·
jodi: Oh jeez, "Neon Magic" degrades into carnival music at the end. Not straying to far from a formula here AT ALL.

Next track, "Remote Romance", wants to pretend like it's The Cars.
2014.04.18 at 9.11pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Okay, when I said MASSIVE SYNTH, it was relative.

Again, I disagree. This LP is mostly synth. Every time you've said "strings", it's been synth. But wait! Track 4, "Remote Romance", heavy synth bass and vocoder harmonies! Yay, finally something awesomely bad! Also, it's a bit new-wavey. Most enjoyable song so far, for me.
2014.04.18 at 9.12pm · link ·
jodi: Okay, they are TOTALLY doing a Soft Prog imitation of The Cars now. This is just like listening to The Flaming Lips!
2014.04.18 at 9.12pm · link ·
peter: We got fucked up by the first track being instrumental and really short. So everything we said about "Hymn to Her", it was actually relevant to track 3, "Neon Magic". But we figured it out for track 4.
2014.04.18 at 9.14pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Every time you've said "strings", it's been synth.

But synth strings isn't synth, it's fake strings! There is a pretty clear hierarchy of awesomeness there, with fake strings being in the not-awesome end.
2014.04.18 at 9.16pm · link ·
peter: Side 2, track 5, is "Ice". Guitar and piano intro: nice, in the worst way. There's just no emotional range in this entire album.
2014.04.18 at 9.16pm · link ·
jodi: Final track: "Ice". There is, again, something ripped off here. And I want to say it's something ripped off from Pink Floyd?
2014.04.18 at 9.17pm · link ·
jodi: I honestly don't know whether to love or hate this entire album.
2014.04.18 at 9.17pm · link ·
jodi: It's just getting Pink Floydier now. It wants to sound like something from Dark Side of the Moon.
2014.04.18 at 9.18pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Final track: "Ice". There is, again, something ripped off here. And I want to say it's something ripped off from Pink Floyd?

Yeah, but I can't place it. I want to say something from Animals....
2014.04.18 at 9.18pm · link ·
jodi: Finally, though, in the last track we get something that sounds vaguely like a guy floating off into space.
2014.04.18 at 9.18pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: I honestly don't know whether to love or hate this entire album.

All of the above to the contrary, I kinda like it.
2014.04.18 at 9.19pm · link ·
jodi: Yes, Animals. You're right.
2014.04.18 at 9.19pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Finally, though, in the last track we get something that sounds vaguely like a guy floating off into space.

Is something wrong? Can you hear me?
2014.04.18 at 9.20pm · link ·
peter: Mmm, now the lead guitar tone has changed, a bit edgier: more, dare I say, David Gilmour. But a little too much on the widdly-widdly and not enough oomph. Still, best track on the record.
2014.04.18 at 9.21pm · link ·
jodi: Gonna be bumping into Jesus Navas up there any second now.

2014.04.18 at 9.22pm · link ·
jodi: (because those creepy eyes of his make him look like when Dave turned into the Star Child)
2014.04.18 at 9.23pm · link ·
peter: Jesus Navas, waiting in the sky. He'd like to come and meet us.... Also, didn't I hear he died today?
2014.04.18 at 9.23pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: . . .best track on the record.

Agreed.

Even though we are into the part now where it's devolved to just guitar and it WILL. NOT. END.
2014.04.18 at 9.24pm · link ·
peter: Or does his name mean "Jesus born"? Feliz Navas-dad!
2014.04.18 at 9.25pm · link ·
jodi: Somehow by the end of a record we always come back around to talking about footballers.
2014.04.18 at 9.25pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Or does his name mean Jesus born? Feliz Navas-dad!

Nope, I think "Jesus was born" would be "Jesus naci". Don't hate if my Spanish is shit, I took the last semester off and haven't studied since the last Jesus-related holiday.
2014.04.18 at 9.27pm · link ·
jodi: The cross on the cover of this record is made of some kind of mirrored material. And even though the cross is floating in space, there's all kinds of reflection in it. What the heck is out there, so abundant, in space?
2014.04.18 at 9.30pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: The cross on the cover of this record is made of some kind of mirrored material. And even though the cross is floating in space, there's all kinds of reflection in it. What the heck is out there, so abundant, in space?

Not metal. Perspex!
2014.04.18 at 9.35pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Not metal. Perspex!

Ooh, the Perspex Gate?

Watch out. You could destroy the entire universe with that.
2014.04.18 at 9.36pm · link ·
jodi: Okay, the record is long over and now we are watching the video for "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" and we have decided that any extraterrestrial beings out there who might be looking at this video will pretty much dismiss us as The Flyover Planet.
2014.04.18 at 9.45pm · link ·
jodi: One more link to close out the night: Spinal Tap, "Rock and Roll Creation".

Good night, all!
2014.04.18 at 10.03pm · link ·
jodi: Okay, actually that song was more like this one, so one more link: Stonehenge
2014.04.18 at 10.07pm · link ·

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