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Barry Uhl | An Account of the Happenings At Wretched Knob

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An Account of the Happenings At Wretched Knob

by Barry Uhl

With a nod to everything from baroque-pop to XTC and the classical-carnival fringe, Wretched Knob is a series of stories, illustrations, and a soundtrack; meant to be absorbed as one piece.
Genre: Pop: Baroque Pop
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1. Prélude
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2. An Introduction, Or, "The Frenchman and the Magician"
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3. Harold Rosengart, Or...
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4. ... Internist London and His Empirical Studies On Invisibility
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5. Lowell the Lamplighter
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6. Annabelle
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7. The Cowboy, Or, "An Incomplete and / Or Futile (Yet Somewhat Satisfying) Exercise in Redemption"
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8. Doctor Archibald Davenport Drearum
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9. Louella Von Trowell
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10. Admiral Orofino, Or, "The Deliv'ryman of Much Secrets and Death"
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11. L'hymne Du Bouton Misérable
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“As much as concept albums may glaze over the ears of some, Wretched Knob is such a complete vision—so thoroughly inventive in its various respects—that it succeeds beyond expectation… (t)he songs have strong melody and are entirely enjoyable separate from the album’s plot, though the squiggly yarn he spins with his lyrics adds flavor like a clear-voiced Shel Silverstein.” – Todd Hamm, The Stranger

“An Account of the Happenings at Wretched Knob looks like a 12-inch vinyl record, but it is so much more than an album. It is, rather, a fiercely imaginative, three-dimensional storytelling experience—part Edward Gorey, part late-era Beatles, and entirely the creation of a single Seattle artist.” – Mark Baumgarten, Seattle Weekly

“A series of character based vignettes about the inhabitants of, and visitors to, the fictional settlement of Wretched Knob, Uhl’s well rounded characters are brought to life in startling detail via a top drawer selection of deceptively complex indie baroque pop tunes that perfectly combine the progressive tendencies of Grizzly Bear with the melodic spark of early Ben Folds Five. Every note is perfectly placed, giving the unusual impression of much care being given without spontaneity being sacrificed – a very fine tightrope from which most artists topple at an early stage… tremendous.” - Nathan Ford, The Active Listener

As both a finish and a start, a closing and opening scene simultaneous; An Account Of The Happenings At Wretched Knob is, in a sense, a reissue that starts the catalog of Uhl’s body of work. Birthed after the discovery of Amphigorey and rife with a wide spectrum of musical and literary influence, this project was fully realized and completed over the course of 2013, and released in the spring of 2014.

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