Andrew Heaton | A(n) Simulated Complaint

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A(n) Simulated Complaint

by Andrew Heaton

Apocalyptic Wagnerian sermon with sexy undertones and a stunning sonic scope.
Genre: Electronic: Synthpop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nice
5:36 album only
2. Gene gun
5:26 album only
3. Earl the duck (old-fashioned version)
3:46 album only
4. A simulated complaint / Leviticus 18:6
4:58 album only
5. Shadows
5:33 album only
6. Time
4:07 album only
7. A period of time
5:22 album only
8. Paralyzed
8:32 album only
9. Manager of the song
4:37 album only
10. Satan's in space (old-fashioned version)
6:04 album only
11. That Day / No-one ever changes
8:36 album only


Album Notes
Andrew Heaton has finally released his first full-length solo album. While he tours full-time with alt-bluegrass outfit The Packway Handle Band from Athens, GA, this record is a complete departure from bluegrass and its kin. \"A(n) complaint\" does steal some inspiration from his earlier experience in Athens rock bands such as The Ohms and his gypsy fiddle playing in Athens folk band Calliope Fair, but for the most part this music is an entirely new and very different beast. Two of Heaton’s songs recorded here: “Earl the Duck” and “Satan’s in Space,” are part of The Packway Handle Band repertoire, but the recordings here are the original, twisted versions (Old-Fashioned versions to be technical).



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All-out Heaton
This album is irreverent. It is irreverent of the notion of being well-liked, easy-going or conventional, and as an artist Heaton is thoroughly irreverent of his own musings with current or former bands. What the impossibly titled ”A(n) simulated complaint” offers then, is a freight train of convincing composition with enough musical credibility to kick any perception of Heaton as a bluegrass fiddler an sich right out the door. I was immediately caught by the gusto of Gene Gun, the second track on the disc. This is about the fattest hump of dance floor sausage I’ve encountered since I saw Hot Chocolate lay it down. As a soundtrack, this would make a cunt out of the Terminator, seriously do give this a listen. Another track that immediately satisfies is “Earl the Duck”, as it did in its acoustic incarnation on the latest Packway Handle Band-album. Here it benefits from a broader production, including the ethereal vocals of Karolyn Troupe (Venice Is Sinking), who walks in and out on most of “Complaint”, adding an indispensable element of femininity to Heaton’s pedestrian vocabulary and dead-pan delivery. Apart from the quick pleasers, the bulk of ”A(n) simulated complaint” is a heady audio trip that preaches, complains, testifies, and exhausts in no particular order. I mentally sift through the complexities of Bruckner halfway through the disc as well as the codeine-infested grandeur of an Idiot-era Iggy Pop: this is music borne from a brand of depression that finds its merit in art, a point of tension between gutter and top floor that yields layered, rich music. “Complaint” is made up of Heaton’s latent musical inspiration earned from years of classical music listening and equally enthusiastic indulgence in the hard-on that is rock. It is an album for those who like a challenge, not an easy album - quite voyeuristic - but rewarding to the end.