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Glyptothek is an album by Scottish musician Momus. It was released on December 5, 2015 by independent record label American Patchwork on CD and distributed by Darla Records.

Glyptothek
Glyptothek album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 5, 2015
Length46:51[1]
LabelAmerican Patchwork (AMPATCH017)
Momus chronology
Turpsycore
(2015)
Glyptothek
(2015)
Scobberlotchers
(2016)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Glyptothek was recorded in Osaka, Japan.[1][2] Momus began making songs for the album by working with samples from his extensive collection of old Japanese folk music.[3][4] The cover is designed by Hagen Verleger.[5] His previous album Turpsycore was published in the same year.[2] Songs from Glyptothek and from other 2000s albums Bambi, Bibliotek, and Turpsycore were recollected in the Cherry Red Records anthology Public Intellectual.[6]

ThemesEdit

Song topics include befriending and naming a cockroach "Gregor," famous statues coming to life and taking nude selfies, fingerless chefs, and his penis.[7]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Frontiers     [7]

Yahoo! Music's Dave DiMartino ranked Glyptothek sixth on his list "Best Albums of 2015."[8] Now Then's Zachary Freeman described the album as "combined samples of Japanese shamisen 45 records with disparate synthesisers and abrasive guitars."[9] Zitty's Thorsten Glotzmann commented on the album's composition stating "flutes, lute and drumming samples [...] clearly sound like Japan."[2]

Frontiers's Dominik Rothbard reviewed the album favorably with "Glyptothek is at once hilarious, heartbreaking and a bit scary, but sadly, it's not likely to drag him out of obscurity."[7] Bashooka's Henri Wijaya put it on the list "50 Most Awesome CD Packaging & Cover Designs."[10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."The Art Creep"2:49
2."Masks of Bebko"2:51
3."Moral Mountain"2:34
4."Chef Biff"2:41
5."The Kappa"2:26
6."The Etruscan Shepherd"3:13
7."AFK"3:06
8."Gregor Samsa"2:40
9."Hinkfuss at the Glyptothek"3:06
10."The Labourer"2:22
11."The Manticore"2:35
12."Electric Dionysus"3:06
13."Candaulism"3:15
14."Nikki Danjo"2:37
15."Old Nick"3:40
16."Papposilenus"3:46

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Glyptothek - Momus". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Glotzmann, Thorsten (4 April 2015). "Momus, the eternal mocker". Zitty (in German). GCM Go City Media GmbH. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  3. ^ Matt (23 March 2016). "What's on in the Northern Quarter ~ Easter Sunday, 27th March 2016". nqmanchester.com. Northern Quarter, Manchester. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ Musicworks staff (21 January 2016). "MW Questionnaire: NICK CURRIE". Musicworks. Musicworks Society of Ontario. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  5. ^ Verleger, Hagen (18 November 2015). "Momus: Glyptothek on Behance". Behance. Adobe Systems. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  6. ^ Cherry Red Records staff. "Pubic Intellectual: An Anthology 1986-2016 – Cherry Red Records". Cherry Red Records. cherryred.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Rothbard, Dominik (9 December 2015). "Music". Frontiers. Los Angeles, CA: New Frontiers Media Holdings, LLC. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  8. ^ Yahoo! Music staff (18 December 2016). "Best Albums of 2015: Yahoo Music Staff Picks". Yahoo! Music. Live Nation Entertainment. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  9. ^ Freeman, Zachary (September 2016). "Albums". Now Then. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  10. ^ Wajiya, Henri (12 June 2016). "50 Most Awesome CD Packaging & Cover Designs". bashooka.com. Bashooka. Retrieved 3 May 2017.

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