Valued Customer: Hush caution echoland

Guest Review by: Brendan

I’m glad that Toronto band Valued Customer has given me the opportunity to get all fanboyish over James Joyce. On my first time through Finnegans Wake, I’m reveling in the language. Sure, I have no idea what’s going on most of the time but it sounds so good. And that is why I love this song. “Hush caution echoland” quotes some of the most delicious phrases from Joyce’s confounding final novel. The title itself is a pun, one of hundreds of anacronymic variations Joyce uses to play with the initials of his protagonist, Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker. The ingemination of samples from Joyce’s own musical recording of an excerpt from the novel elevates this track to a work of genius in my opinion. So pool the begg and pass the kish for crawsake.

On a related note, I also adore the Finnegans Wake-inspired work of artist Stephen Crowe in his Wake in Progress.