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Music Review: Lil Bub: Transmissions from Space (May 21, 2021)
The late great Lil Bub is back with a new coffee table book titled Lil Bub: The Earth Years. With the book comes two original pieces composed by Lil Bub herself on a 7 inch vinyl. For those that don't know, I simply adore Lil Bub. She was a ray of sunshine on earth and brought so much joy to the world during her time. So when we were asked to partner up to promote this project, which is benefitting Lil BUB's Big FUND I was ecstatic. The press release about this amazing project notes that "Lil BUB’s Big FUND exists to advocate for special needs companion animals and build a community that celebrates and fosters the human animal bond with a focus on animals who are the most difficult to adopt, the most expensive to care for, and who are at a high risk of euthanasia".
The book Lil Bub: The Earth Years features an intro from Jackson Galaxy, foreword by Steve Albini, and quotes from Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black, El-P (Run The Jewels), Andrew W.K., Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Kimya Dawson, David Yow (The Jesus Lizard), Aesop Rock, and more. So when I was approached on getting involved on promoting this fantastic project, I went about it the only way I knew how and that is by reviewing the music by Lil Bub herself!
Lil Bub: Transmissions from Space features two tracks, the first is "Departure". This instrumental track features an exquisite guitar intro and a steady melody throughout. Lead by guitar and synth, "Departure" manages to balance the guitar and synth work perfectly throughout. The ending result is a great alt track that leans a bit indie. About two minutes in though it's worth noting there is a fantastic breakdown that carries the track through it's ending moments. The second track titled "Visitation" is not an instrumental as it features vocals from Lil Bub herself. This song is much more electronic based. As dynamic synth work rushes through, producing a fantastic rhythm, we are treated to Lil Bub's meows and purrs floating above the melody. Much more abstract than "Departure", this is Bub's Bowie moment and she absolutely nails it. Good job, Bub!
Rating - 5/5