Flotation Toy Warning / Bluffers Guide To The Flight Deck
Album: Bluffers Guide To The Flight Deck   Collection:General
Artist:Flotation Toy Warning   Added:Dec 2005

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-01-01 Pull Date: 2006-03-05
Week Ending: Jan 29 Jan 15 Jan 8
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. May 30, 2007: Into The Nada
fire engine on fire pt. 1
3. Jan 14, 2006: Killer Yellow
Fir Engine On Fire Pt. 2
2. Jan 23, 2006: banana in the middle 1.1
Popstar Researching Oblivion
4. Jan 06, 2006: Eels in the Loo
Losing Carolina; For Drusky

Album Review
Ben Wolfson
Reviewed 2005-12-19
Chamber-pop w/ generic male earnest indie rock vox (you know, the throaty Arcade Fire type). In varying degrees derivative of Mercury Rev and the Books (to my ears); I've noted tracks where this is most apparent.
Best: 3, 7, 9
1.Watery (literally, water sounds) and violin intro, moves into keyboard-based mid-tempo rock. Upbeat lyrics, catchy melody. Kinda drags in a wheedly midsection.
2.Very Mercury Rev. I think it even cops the melody from a song from Deserter's Songs in parts.. Organ and falsetto. Actually I like this track a lot, but I can't shake the feeling that they've taken it from elsewhere.
3.Starts with a Booksish sample about a cellist. In fact the whole track is like a less sample-based Books track. Gets the slow-build that a pop song of this length should have down right, with watery guitar, harpsichord, and, my favorite, unexpected faux-operatic male vocals coming in in turn.
4.Brief little ditty with prominent organ.
5.Trumpety, after a slow, low-volume intro. Long—9.5 minutes—maybe too long.
6.Samples and acoustic guitar in the beginning. Picks up a lot in the second half, with strings and more active keyboard part coming in. Long fadeout.
7.Ostensibly part two of the previous track, though it's utterly dissimilar (except insofar as the whole album is kind of samey). Starts with echoy thumpy drums, then abruptly the organ. Theremin in the background?
8.Fuzzy background in the intro. More prominent guitar than elsewhere, there's even something of a solo.
9.Wavery vocals treated to sound as if they're being played from an old record or through an old-fashioned radio. Would make a good match to the Faun Fables' “Higher”.
10.NB despite reading 15:39 long, this track actually ends -11:04. Then there's lots of silence and some bits and pieces that don't really cohere. The track itself is good, good use of multiple vocal sources.

Track Listing
1. Happy 13   6. fire engine on fire pt. 1
2. Popstar Researching Oblivion   7. Fir Engine On Fire Pt. 2
3. Losing Carolina; For Drusky   8. Even Fantastica
4. Made From Tiny Boxes   9. Happiness Is On The Outside
5. Donald Pleasance   10. How The Plains Left Me Flat