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The Rat King

by Ego Plum & The Ebola Music Orchestra

Tom Waits cabaret meets Looney Tunes cartoon music, and Oingo Boingo theatrics blend to create a work that is as poignant as it is absurd.
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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1. Introduction
Ego Plum & The Ebola Music Orchestra
3:48 $0.99
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2. The Chinese Carnival Show
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5:22 $0.99
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3. The Idiot Child
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4. I've Got a Crush on You
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3:44 $0.99
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5. Something to Hide
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4:54 $0.99
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6. Ecce Absurdum
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1:28 $0.99
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7. Sonitus Insolitus
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3:23 $0.99
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8. Tit for Tat
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5:03 $0.99
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9. Hansel and Gretel
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3:44 $0.99
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10. Funeral Dirge
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3:50 $0.99
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11. Death of Cannibal Chimp
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4:10 $0.99
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12. The Harpsichord
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4:40 $0.99
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13. The Rat King
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6:49 $0.99
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14. Ebola Music Orchestra Theme
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2:03 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Think of those calliope sounds that wafted just over the horizon when you were a kid... Now imagine Tim Burton and David Lynch pooling their resources for the purpose of making that carnival actually happen. Swirl all that around in your head for a moment or two, let your mind evolve a soundtrack that's part Raymond Scott, part Merrie Melodies, part Oingo Boingo and part Kurt Weill. On their first full-fledged album, The Rat King, Ego Plum and the Ebola Music Orchestra not only recreate the sullen dangers of the carnival — they reinvent them." –BCMUSIC Magazine

On his first two albums, L.A.-based composer EGO PLUM had written & recorded miniature lo-fi symphonies of sickness... short blasts of instrumental mayhem that showed his debt to RAYMOND SCOTT and THE RESIDENTS. But his musical vision was too big to be locked up in his bedroom. So Plum began work on THE RAT KING, a project that would eat up several years of his life. The digital circus punk of his first two albums widened into something more personal and undefinable – it now had elements of film scores, classic Beatle-esque pop, twitchy post-punk and every other assemblage of sound that had been rattling around inside his head. Lyrically, the stories were both absurd and thought-provoking: from the mental anguish of Hansel & Gretel, to the mundane attractions at a Chinese carnival, to a trip into the inner-psyche of an ill-intentioned music teacher. The vision was thorough and complete. Finally, Ego Plum brought in some of the top players from L.A.'s rock & jazz scenes to bring his songs to life. A four-piece horn section, vintage keyboards, electronic & trash can percussion, drums, marimbas, upright basses, acoustic & overdriven guitars all sharing the sonic space, sometimes complimenting each other, sometimes beating each other senseless.

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