This is an ambitious project gathering together Amanda Palmer – performer, she was the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the duo The Dresden Dolls, Neil Gaiman – author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, etc, Ben Folds – singer, songwriter, musician and Damian Kulash – vocalist and guitarist of OK Go, for an exciting experiment. Monday, on April 25th, the four musicians joins in Boston at the Rethink Music conference to explore/re-conceptualize the entire notion of artistic creation and its mechanical dissemination and human reception in these topsy-turvy modern times of ours. The original goal was to write and record eight songs in eight hours, after then play a concert and forther release the album. The effort resulting in 6 songs in 12 hours, entitled “Nighty Night”. In addition, the entire process was streamed live on Youtube, lasting from 4 pm on April 22nd to 4 am on April 23rd.
“Nighty Night” is a smooth, floating and flowing indie album, every one left his own “fingerprint” on this album and the result is absolutely lovely. My favorite is the pretty OK Go taste-like “One Tiny Thing”, the groovy “I’ll Be My Mirror”, the pumping “Nikola Tesla”, the smooth waving “Because the Origami” and the funny “The Problem With Saints” (“So Iâ€™m hoping that sheâ€™ll ignore my English accent in her war â€˜Cause itâ€™s really hard to hang around with saints”), but all the six songs are absolutely nice and you can download them for only $1 from Bandcamp page
. I think it was an absolutely successful collaborative effort, an exciting experiment with worth our full attention.