Pulco - Farmyard & Library

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about

I’ve often spoken about Pulco music being a kind of sonic autobiography. I listen to my own music when I want to remember a certain period or event in my life and I know exactly which album represents each part of that life journey. It gives me a context for my life and comforts me in the fact that I can return to the past through sound.

I think that using a cut-up/found sound technique as a basis for writing music helps the listener create new connections to musical themes and the world around them and naturally as a consequence the range of vision and interpretation of our understanding of sound also expands.



Each time I listen to this, a strange comparison comes to mind; the donovan of the weird spoken word fable-song 'atlantis' jamming with swell maps and throbbing gristle.

THE MODERN FOLK


Farmyard & Library is the latest release from an artist who AMP magazine holds in very high regard. For many years now Ash Cooke, aka Pulco, has released albums that have simply broken down genres of music; his is a music that is full of imagination and creativity that leaves us in awe. So, when it comes to making a statement as bold as saying that Farmyard & Library is one of the best albums Pulco has put his name to then you know this is one you really can’t ignore. Actually, scrap that, you would be incredibly foolish to ignore any album that Pulco has recorded

A MUSICAL PRIORIOTY.CO.UK


It’s weird and yet makes perfect sense: a pop epiphany.

SOUNDS XP


One of the great joys of putting on a Pulco album is having absolutely no idea what you're going to get when you press 'play'. You might get a sweet, laid-back number like Bookworm, or you might get a nervy, Specials-influenced song like Brunswick.

THE ALBUM WALL


I’ve often spoken about Pulco music being a kind of sonic autobiography. I listen to my own music when I want to remember a certain period or event in my life and I know exactly which album represents each part of that life journey. It gives me a context for my life and comforts me in the fact that I can return to the past through sound.

I think that using a cut-up/found sound technique as a basis for writing music helps the listener create new connections to musical themes and the world around them and naturally as a consequence the range of vision and interpretation of our understanding of sound also expands.

Such is the diversity of the album that one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s actually a compilation made up of different artists. One of today’s best writers of perfect pop music, Johnno Casson (aka Snippet) appears on Which One’s Woody? – a true scrapbook of sounds as he ruminates over nothing in particular, whilst the occasional karate style scream appears in the background.

Additional appearances by Rob Halcrow (Picturebox) and anti-folk musician Nat Lyon enhance the co-operative feel of the album making it a true spectrum of noise. Titles like Spinning Tops And Whirligigs and I Just Saw John Barrowman (one of many album highlights) add further intrigue. The cinematic Lom, possibly dedicated to actor Herbert offers a brief respite and possibly an insight into larger soundscapes that Cooke is well capable of producing.

What is clear from Farmyard & Library is that Pulco is an artist not only revered by many within the industry but also highly respected. The sheer imagination and uniqueness to the album points towards a claim of genius as it is nothing short of outstanding. The former Derrero not only releases another great album, but possibly his most innovative and widely entertaining one to date.

An artist in his ascendancy, this album is one to be listened to again and again.

LOUDER THAN WAR

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released September 10, 2016

2016 Pulco
2016 Metal Postcard

Credits

All songs written by Ash Cooke


Pulco - All instruments and words

Except for
Ben Gallivan- Deacon Blue crackle, extra French sounds
Johnno Casson - Ice cream talking
Nat Lyon -Toilet flush
Rob Halcrow - Reading T S Elliot & James Joyce
The Modern Folk - Guitar & Drum machine on Hounds
Alun Tan Lan - guitar test on Sadowitz

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