Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sight specific

Frozen By Sight, the new album from old chums Paul Smith of Maximo Park and Peter Brewis of Field Music, may take the listener all over the globe - everywhere from the US to Barcelona to Budapest - but it's nice to see it starting in Newcastle, with a stroll down Pilgrim Street and a moment's contemplation of the old Odeon building. Stylistically, it sounds far closer to Field Music's usual experimental string-driven contemplative pop than to Maximo Park's sharp-suited indie.

On the subject of collaborations, here are Savages and Bo Ningen talking about their own project Words To The Blind, "a 37-minute 'simultaneous sonic poem' inspired by the dadaist movement of 1916". Pretentious? Perhaps. But given the personnel involved, it's likely to be a triumph.

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