Oneida - The Wedding
Love 'em or hate 'em, Oneida, that crazy Brooklyn-based, genre-defying trio is back with The Wedding, their seventh album. The record hits stores May 3, and will, hopefully, prove to be quite strange. The samples of the album that I found at JagJaguwar are certainly strange enough to quench any Oneida fan's thirst.
But there is a really cool story behind this album, even if you don't like the band!
Oneida came up with the idea for The Wedding in early 2001, and immediately began building the largest music box on the east coast of the United States. Built of plywood, salvaged marine pilings, industrial motor parts and over seventy saw blades, the hand-cranked behemoth was assembled in the warehouse loading dock that’s also home to the Vale of Tears, Oneida’s own recording studio. By hammering nails and spikes into the cylindrical pilings at carefully mapped intervals, and rotating the pilings through thickets of variably-tensioned saw blades, Oneida created and recorded unearthly tones and melodies; these were subsequently used as the basis for a series of melancholy, yearning songs that now see the light of day as The Wedding.
JagJaguwar Records is a pretty cool record label. They have Nagisa Ni Te, Japan's best folk duo (is there much competition?), and the Skygreen Leopards, another really strange group.