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.