OKS Recordings of North America is pleased to announce the release of The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me, our eleventh major release. This CD will soon be available through cdbaby.com as will soon be available at Amazon.com, Los Angeles’ Amoeba Records, Austin, Texas’s End of An Ear and Waterloo, New York’s Other Music and Kim’s Underground. It will be available for digital download at iTunes, Napster, Yahoo Music, and many other digital download services.
The Painful Leg Injuries are Bill Byrne (BIOS, The Harmful Free Radicals) and his wife Suzanne. Bill is an internationally exhibited visual artist, textbook author, animator, and visual effects artist. The Painful Leg Injuries have been Byrne’s passion project since 2005 and this release marks the first CD release since The Quicker Are The Encumbered, an EP released by Lona Records in 2007. Their previous releases have received rave reviews from Foxy Digitalis, Startling Moniker, and Grooves magazine.
Byrne’s interests in funneling every possible genre into an exhilarating rush gets the kind of treatment on this album he’s always dreamed of exploring. The tracks that comprise this album mold a volcano of exploding synths, circuit bent noise blasts, triumphant trumpets, non-dueling banjos, squiggling Gameboys, humming ring-modulated homemade oscillators, Wii-mote controlled instruments, and Suzanne’s swirling cello into anthems of the future-past. Their music has always had a deep space connotation, but they have now channeled that exploratory journey into a series of anthems that are no mere retro-exercise. The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me is an epic journey, each track feeds in to the next creating an intricate soundscape that exists within an appealing series of structured musical compositions.
“Everything Put Here Was With The Best Of Intentions” opens the album with a driving force of theremin and synths pushing through the vortex towards a strange unknown light. “A Million Billion Means Nothing To The Infinite Void of Nothingness” begins with an 8bit beat and reaches a climax with a lovely ambient melody. “Amidst The Chaos There Was Ample Cohesion” has a crushing deformed beat, that oddly resembles some mutant hip-hop backing track that builds into a triumphant chorus of horns. “The Confused Clone’s Mirror Moment” begins as a looping four-on-the-floor techno track that gets taken over by the band from Fraggle Rock and eventually drifts off into Eno-esque ambient territory.
Daniel Spicer of Grooves magazine said the following about their 2006 release If The Devil’s In The Details Than How Many Details Can You Fit Upon a Match? “It’s a rich, swirling, almost claustrophobic cloak of oceanic reverberations, constantly undermined and interrupted by the incursion of submerged and dormant sounds bubbling up from the source—duck calls, half-buried cries and songs, snatches of strangely incongruous sea-shanty accordion, thrashing drum-machine breaks, twittering voices, computer glitch, stuttering trumpet, heavy breathing, clockwork chimes, video-game frenzy, and noise barf. In this respect, one can almost view the work as the soundtrack to a near-death experience: You’re riding the rush towards oblivion, skirting dangerously close to the ultimate end, but the intrusion of the material world —the warped quotidian of street, factory and playground—saves you from total immersion, snatching you back to the earthly realm at the last minute.” Their 2005 debut album Backwards, Broken and Incorrectly, met with acclaim from fans and critics alike. Foxy Digitalis’ Chris Jacques said “…PLI threatens to rip apart the fibers that make up North American culture... play at your own risk.” giving it an 8 out of 10.
This CD-R release marks the latest major release from the New York/Austin/Los Angeles-based OKS Recordings of North America label run by Bill Byrne and his longtime collaborator, Jonah Goldstein. OKSRNA specializes in artist created CD-R releases that cater to the tech-savvy listener who ready for new arenas of creativity for musical expression.