Hardboiled Wonderland | As Small as a World and Large as Alone

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As Small as a World and Large as Alone

by Hardboiled Wonderland

Hardboiled Wonderland is the electronic/trip-hop music of Percy Howard and Martin Birke, an adventure in lush modern music.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Filthy
2:49 $0.99
2. As Small as World and Large as Alone
5:09 $0.99
3. Jungle Fever
4:12 FREE
4. I Carry Your Heart
3:59 $0.99
5. From the Inside Out
4:05 $0.99
6. Looking for Strange
4:37 $0.99
7. Little Queen of Spades
5:24 $0.99
8. Storm Queen
3:46 $0.99
9. Candy for the Meatman-club mix
6:33 $0.99
10. A Forever Thing
3:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hardboiled Wonderland is the project of Percy Howard (Meridiem,Bill Laswell,NUS) and Martin Birke (Genre Peak, Sandbox Trio,Alvin Ailey). Martin Birke's music is often dark,sensual and provocative electronica and trip-hop soundscapes with the lush introspective vocals of Percy Howard. Guest musicians include Edo Castro , Benito Cortez ,essence and guitarist producer Christopher Scott Cooper. This 10 track album takes through a musical landscape of intellect,seduction and adventure from the layered trip-hop opener "Filthy" to the dark electronica beat driven track Looking for Strange. An album of brave originality and high quality production . The CD features a beautiful 10-page booklet featuring lyrics and images , designed by Austrian artist Julian Kenning.



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-Steven Reid/Sea of Tranquility

A Marvelous Duo !
"The rather marvellously titled As Small As A World And Large As Alone is the debut offering from duo Martin Birke (Genre Peak) and Percy Howard (Meridiem Project) going under the name of Hardboiled Wonderland. It is an album which finds the pair present trip-hop in an alternative rock kind of way, with lashings of strings, electronic beats and some glorious vocals leading to a slow grower of an album that pays off repeated listens in quite some style. Imagine of you will a clash of Fine Young Cannibals electro-pop, Nine Inch Nails more introspective Industrial Metal and add in some wonderful stabs of viola and violins and you'll be closer to the true identity of this release. Clever, insightful, but humour infused lyrics add to an already unusual mix of style and genre and on an album that leaves huge gaps for the vocals to dominate, the words really do come across loud and clear. The other constant factor is the electro beats, which while varied enough from song to song, add a claustrophobic nature to music which can feel stark and oppressive. Somehow though the magnificent vocals from Howard and synths courtesy of Birke allow the melody to be catchy and insistent, without ever being straight forward, or middle of the road. The songs on this album always feel as if they are going through multiple changes and working on many different levels, with the likes of "Looking For Strange" feeding off an uncomfortable multi-layered beat, which is soothingly tempered by the deep soulful vocals. As the beat breaks into static like clicks and pops, a cracking snare sharply changes the focus - before an insistently strumming guitar (provided by Christopher Scott Cooper who also adds extra samples and co-produces the album with the duo) creates a sumptuous pop lick."Jungle Fever", which tells the story of a women extolling the virtues of black men's sexual prowess (Birke and Howard make for a multi-racial "marriage"), but it does so with the most amazingly hook laden chorus that remains firmly implanted in the mind of anyone with a ten mile radius of its oft repeated vocal melody. Although in truth, it is the ever building mix of samples, strings, vocals and guitar which make this such a memorable song, where pop sensibilities and tension filled arrangements clash and collide into a beautiful captivating song. Hardboiled Wonderland have undoubtedly created a deep, dense delight."