Itty-Bitty Review: Turkey Andersen - Turkey Andersen

 Turkey Andersen debut album cover

Turkey Andersen debut album cover

The debut EP is the proof-of-concept of the recorded music industry.  It's not intended to be perfect, it's just supposed to be an introduction, something that says, this could work - this does work.

Such is the case with the debut self-titled EP from Turkey Andersen.  Who is Turkey Andersen?  Well, I don't think he and Northampton, Massachusetts musician Henning Ohlenbusch have ever been seen together at the same time.  More importantly, though, in the course of 8 songs and 16 minutes, these songs put smiles on faces and quirky, poppy earworms in brains.  "If a Sandwich Was a Sandwich" is the most brilliant 30-second song ever ("If a sandwich was a pillow then the bread would be the pillow case," the song starts out, and maintains that level of rational absurdity for another 25 seconds).  The centerpiece of the album is "Time Travel Clothes," all about the trouble you can get into if you wear the wrong clothes while traveling through time.  (We've all been there, right?)  I also find "Hot and Stuffy" very funny and also educational about how to get a room to the right temperature.

You can stream the album here.  It'll be most amusing to kids ages 3 through 7.  Its combination of TMBG quirkiness and songwriting with Jonathan Richman-esque earnestness and vocals is pretty much instantly appealing.  If this debut is proof-of-concept, then I think it's proven that Turkey Andersen needs some investors.  More, please.  Definitely recommended.

Note: I received a (digital) copy of the album for possible review.