I like weird. When it comes to music, I can think of a few oddities in my collection. Most, however center around cover art. There’s the John Travolta LP Can’t Let You Go, which came in at #15 on Cracked’s list of The 19 Most Hilariously Failed Attempts at Sexy Album Covers. I also dig the conceptual, which Fishboy has come to do quite well. The Electronic Anthology Project fits both molds — the band’s self-titled debut EP is conceptually weird.
Now for a name drop. The Electronic Anthology Project is actually Built to Spill. The concept: Built To Spill does synth-pop covers of itself, straight from the early 80s. Song titles are renamed as anagrams of their original names — “Else” from Keep It Like A Secret becomes “Eels” and “I Would Hurt A Fly” off Perfect From Now On becomes “What If Your Dull” [sic]. “Things Fall Apart” off the band’s latest, There Is No Enemy, becomes “Far Path Tall Sign”. The project is the concoction of BTS bassist Brett Nelson, who plans to expand it to include other artists doing the same under the moniker. Quite brilliant and totally bizarre. This is one you have to hear to believe.
Keep your eye out for this EP, available in the near future digitally and via compact disc. Hear “I Dim Our Angst In Agony” (aka “Goin’ Against Your Mind”) below.