Although gleaning some of its initial inspiration from a 2005 book, 'The Long Emergency' by Howard Kunstler, this collaboration feels less like a soundtrack than a concept album. Kunstler is mapping out a future where oil production has peaked, economies are increasingly unstable, water scarcity is prevalent, transportation in large part is unsustainable and a return to a more regionalised self sufficiency seems inevitable (all cheery stuff). 'Music For The Long Emergency' is a little more optimistic despite its partial development coming in the wake of Trump's election win.
The bringing together of two very creative forces in the funkily infused electro pop of Polica and the chamber orchestra collective of Stargaze fires up a melting pot masterfully stirred by producer Ryan Olsen and conductor Andre De Ridder. Having met in the states, the bands then had a more formal introduction and chance to flesh out some ideas in Berlin where both Polica and Stargaze were keen to work on a project to develop what they had started. With Olsen having come up with some 'song sketches' and recorded the initial sessions, he then began work on putting together the threads of each idea. "They were not even song structures, just electronic textures," de Ridder says.
The result of two years of hard work between the bands and the producer has certainly culminated in an interesting album. Lead off track 'Fake Like' eases you in very gently with Channy Leaneagh's vocal in slightly more withdrawn and subdued guise than you'd normally associate with her. The reserved and measured strings complement her delivery as the modest percussive undercurrent pushes along. It's pleasant, unconfrontational and flows effortlessly with a serenity and grace. 'Agree' is similarly balanced. A melange of sumptuous strings and mildly melancholic vocals plead: "How do we stop what we've started?"
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Festival fun in London! Highlights include Jabberwocky, Camden Crawl and Wireless...
If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.
The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.
Jabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.
Continue reading: Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014
Well they did it with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, and now The Flaming Lips are set to turn their attention to another ‘classic’ album, by covering the entirety of The Stone Roses self-titled debut.
That album, released in 1989, was responsible for – among other things – a huge spike in the sales of fisherman’s hats, with fans eager to look like their man, drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren. Possibly. Sales of the slightly daft and ultimately flimsy headwear hadn’t been as good as again until the Manchester four-piece got back together again last year. Possibly. So we wonder whether the ‘Lips are seeking for a third coming of hats, or maybe they’re seeking to push their own brand of headgear – tie-dye bandanas perhaps? Although if anyone was going to bring those back it would be Hulk Hogan, and the last thing we (hadn’t) heard, was that his recently leaked sex tape hadn’t made one jot of difference to their sales. Sorry Terry.
Continue reading: The Flaming Lips Go Madchester! Band To Cover Stone Roses Debut LP