Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys - 28 Seeds: The Last Radio Show
Release Date: March 1, 2010
What happens when you give a band of talented and unique musicians a mere month to write and record an entire album? Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys answer that question with 28 Seeds: The Last Radio Show. The Boston-based group's response to the RPM Challenge, an annual event for bands to record an album's worth of material in the month of February, is an eclectic concept album about Earth's final years of existence.
How is it?
An intertwining combination of music and spoken word (including pseudo-advertisements/propaganda) make up the hour-long duration. While the concept is an interesting one, the spoken tracks depreciate the album's replay value. The music tracks (less than half of the 35 total), however, are great. The lack of a recording budget is apparent, but the low-fi quality is fitting for the indie, avant garde sound.
Sickert's beautifully haunting vocals are accompanied by a wide array of instruments, including but not limited to piano, accordion, violin, ukulele, and xylophone. If this artistic endeavor only took them a month to create, The Broken Toys' next proper release has great promise.