As I may have mentioned on this blog before, I don’t play a lot of old music per se, but do tend to have one artist on the go and explore their back catalogue and recently that has been Pulp, so this release is well timed. I gather it is something of a M.A.R.M.I.T.E song for many, but I really like it: a more prog-rock version of Pulp, with some added Fried-era Julian Cole bonkersness (think the spoken word segment in Reynard The Fox). No idea where this ‘project’ is heading but it could be interesting.
Roy and Ian’s choices for today are below.
In 2019 Foals released 2 albums – Everything Not Saved Will be Lost Parts1 & 2 with the first release notching up a Mercury Prize win with Its themes of an eco-dystopian future. My favourite kind of Foals is when they head off towards the dance floor with their off-kilter indie electro and this remixed track evidences this to perfection.
Number 12 – Foals ‘In Degrees (Purple Disco Machine Mix)’
While not released this year, my number 12 single was found by accident, twice, in the same place. One of the benefits of regular business trips to London is the joy of visiting Fopp records in Covent Garden. Twice this year, on occasions separated by several months, I Shazamed this tune while in the store. It’s from Polish collaborators Zimpel / Ziołek who produce evocative soundscapes that bring to mind the works of Fripp & Eno or even (in spots) Penguin Cafe Orchestra. “Memory Dome”, the selected track, includes rare vocal contributions, but is otherwise typical of their work including (amongst other things) woodwind, 12-string acoustic guitar, bass, drum machines and bouzouki.