The High Llamas: C or D?

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this isn't "defend the indefensible," because i think that o'hagan et. al. are very defensible. and i know some others hereabouts also like 'em (like messrs. currie and hanle y).

as fer me, i stopped paying attention to them after cold and bouncy. but in 1995, gideon gaye was easily my favorite CD for that year and a couple thereafter.

Tad (llamasfur), Saturday, 6 September 2003 22:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

dud, it's all very pretty and all but he could do with a catchy chorus or two.

keith (keithmcl), Sunday, 7 September 2003 00:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

o'hagan does some outstanding string arrangements on other people's records. but the dude can't write a tune to save himself. gideon gaye is and will always be his only worthwhile record. cold and bouncy was wretched.

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 7 September 2003 00:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


I've never bought an album, just downloaded songs, but have loved almost all I have heard.

David Allen, Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic on the whole; yes, at times indistinct (some longueurs on "Cold and Bouncy" and "Hawaii"), but at their best, wonderful. "Hawaii" at 45 minutes would have been quite something. "Gideon Gaye" very much is something.

Tom May (Tom May), Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've never bought an album, just downloaded songs, but have loved almost all I have heard

i'd probably recommend this is the best way to hear them - an album's worth is just too much airbrushed beach boys parody/homage to cope with in one sitting

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, and what I've heard of the new record is good too.

hstencil, Sunday, 7 September 2003 02:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Part of "Gideon Gaye" was great. As for the rest, it sounds nice in an elevator.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 7 September 2003 07:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

but mr o'hagan has churned out some very lovely melodies on those high llamas records, geir!

Tad (llamasfur), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The High Llamas certainly have their moments (I'd go along with the general concensus that Gideon Gaye & Hawaii are their best).But lately I've been re-examining the band from which they sprung, Microdisney, after stumbling across an excellent fansite here

On re-examination, I was delighted to find that Microdisney actually were the best band ever.

harveyw (harveyw), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can confirm this to be so.

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 7 September 2003 09:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. I love 'em. It's good to see it's not just me and Hstencil, either. I wasn't that enamored of Buzzle Bee, but I'm very much looking forward to the new one. I read an interview with O'Hagan once in which he said his aim was for a listener to finish the album and wonder, "Wait, were there vocals on that?" That made me smile.

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 7 September 2003 16:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

High Llamas is purely road trip music for me at this point.. especially for road trips during the day in long stretches of farms, prairies, and rolling hills. "Hawaii" and "Gideon Gaye" are the ultimate soundtracks to that.

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 7 September 2003 16:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Is it me, or are The Thrills just the High Llamas without any of the interesting bits?

*aside* a guy i used to know insisted on pronouncing the High Llamas' name as if it were Welsh. Never failed to make me giggle.

Oh, and Gideon Gaye is fucking brilliant, and agreed re Hawaii's overlongness. Still ace tho. And Sean's a lovely fella.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 7 September 2003 21:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen O'Hagan solo? One of the best solo acoustic performances I've ever seen.

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 7 September 2003 21:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd just like to put in a word for 'Snowbug'.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've just listened to Gideon Gaye for the first time in years and it's kind of boring. ):

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Expertly played, wonderfully arranged, beautifully recorded elevator music.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i too like what he's done for stereolab, but i bought Hawaiia and am still waiting for the first wave

of course living in new zealand means you don't need drippy soundtracks to evoke the beach, the surf, the sun, warmth etc.. so perhaps this is music for northern hemisphere conditions

(oh, that didn't stop me liking Fennessz Endless Summer, but that record is a quantum leap from Hawaiia, the latter a record with too many theatrics and not much content, ie songs, ideas, & w/out the wit of stereolab or the almost visceral Fennessz)

george gosset (gegoss), Monday, 8 September 2003 01:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hawaii can be kinda oppressive and one-note if one hears it all at once. it's OK to put on in the background and forget about it. one plus: in the USA, it came with a bonus disk which had the very nice "it might as well be dumbo" and a good cover of nick drake's "at the chime of a city clock."

gideon gaye is perfect winter's time music, i found. perfect for when yer snowed in, can't get outdoors, and all you can do is watch the snow pile up against yer window and drink warm tea. which might be the point. and it was made for some ridiculously low amount of money (like $10K?) if i remember correctly, which makes it even more of an achievement.

Tad (llamasfur), Monday, 8 September 2003 02:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i like snowbug. i thought buzzle bee was not much good, except for "the passing bell." only listened to new album once--not impressed, but will give it a second go.

seanp (seanp), Monday, 8 September 2003 16:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'snowbug' is the only one I own, I like it fine.

RJG (RJG), Monday, 8 September 2003 16:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

for me "hawaii" is a beautiful record & their best.

the couple of times i've seen them live were among the best shows i've ever seen by anyone.

Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 08:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd just like to agree with Harvey (and Nicky) and thanks Harve for that link.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 09:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

nobody's mentioned 'Apricots'? I kinda like it. Much more starightforwatd sardonic pop in the Steely Dan/Squeeze vein. I think they lost it after 'Buzzy Bee' or whatever it was called. Meandered down the avenue marked 'Kraut-surf'.

laticsmon, Tuesday, 9 September 2003 10:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They are dire except for some of Gideon Gaye which is just about tolerable. Hawaii is one of the worst records I've ever heard.

Microdisney's 1st album (what's it called 'Everybody is Fantastic' or something?)is utterly classic - once or twice a year I'm convinced that 'Sun' might just be the *best thing ever*. Possibly the best lyrics too.

I loved the songs on 'Clock Came Down...' but prefer the Peel versions of 'Loftholdingswood' etc etc. All great stuff. I didn't really like the last couple of MD albums and The Fatima Mansions were almost as bad as the High Llamas.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 12:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fatima mansions are crap. the only microdisney stuff i've heard is 'gale force wind' and 'town to town' which are both great despite their hideous 80s production

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 12:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Both the Fatima Mansions and the High Llamas win my approval, but I've never once been tempted to search out Microdisney.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 13:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You wouldn't like them Ned.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

B-but Ned likes EVERYTHING.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No he doesn't.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was about to say.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

High Llamas - Have their moments. Search "Travel", their first (?) single which is as sweet an example of ba-ba-ba pop as I know.

Fatima Mansions - have a few more moments, one or two per record and pretty much the whole of Bertie's Brochures is good.

Microdisney - have even more moments, their last album I always think of as a lost classic but I only have it on a tape that doesn't work anymore so this may be nostalgia talking. "Rack" is my favourite song by them FWIW.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There are moments on Gideon Gaye where I hear myself saying 'This is what the Beach Boys were aspiring to.'

Daniel (dancity), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 21:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And then you hear a croaky voice in the background saying "And if it wasn't for that pesky meddling Mike Love I would have got away with it too! Oh, and the drugs."

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 22:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Duassic! They have their moments, but on the whole don't offer much.

I always wanted to get hold of the tapes of the material Sean O'Hagen was arranging for Brian Wilson and Andy Paley, has anyone ever heard these tracks (or knows where I can get them from?)

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Wednesday, 10 September 2003 00:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think Sean ever actually got round to recording with the Beach Boys. The plan -Bruce's plan- was to record a "reunion" LP with Brian/Carl/Al/Mike/Bruce using Brian's Paley/Wilson collaborations as the songs, produced and arranged by Sean. Bruce was (is?) apparently a huge fan of the Llamas. Sean was obviously very excited about the prospect, but it didn't take long before he was put off by the endless bickering & layers of red tape he had to wade through, not to mention Mike's snide-y "you're a faggot"-style comments. So he jumped ship not long after, and who can blame him? Shame, it would have been a very very good record indeed.

Chew: if you don't have the Paley/Wilson demos, email off board & I'll see what I can do. Patchy, but moments of greatness.

harveyw (harveyw), Wednesday, 10 September 2003 11:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i was gonna say, didn't mike love call sean o'hagan a "faggot" or something? why does the good Lord keep mike love alive, but lets folks like warren zevon die (not that i was a big fan of mr. zevon's music, but he was certainly a better human being than mike love is).

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 11 September 2003 05:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i just bought Cold and Bouncy for US$2 found in a bargain bin, and i'm just listening to it now.
the songs sound drippy lazy like Hawaii a bit, but all those synth noises/ kraftwerk samples, they seem to be much more foreground, and perhaps as the foil for the strings, and i think they actually inter-chime with the muzak-like ambience in quite interesting ways. the noises are performing a dance with the lush otherness and hopefully they'll save the album from that.

i like stereolab for the synths, bass, drums, horns, strings, disco, more synths, vocals, guitar, probably in that order, but at least all at once
i can see now that 'lab had the tunes and rhyhtms, while o'hagan provided plenty of atmosphere. since there's only so much from the 'lab and i dunno, maybe that's it anyway, which would be very sad as i think they were going in a great new direction, having somewhat jettisoned the guitar rock or at least made it sound like something other than guitar rock, the tragic forced exit of some of the bubble-vocals would make for an interesting album made more of semi-instrumentals i reckon.

anyway i can hear all those noises on this later llamas record, and if the songs themselves make me think of paul mccartney, with all the best intentions and hand-picked band etc. etc., this makes me think that the greatest music from these guys does still boil down to the mandatory good harmonic tune, so i think the llamas-lab axis should continue, with all those noises included. maybe a new band, tripartite songwriting.

george gosset (gegoss), Thursday, 18 September 2003 19:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

george i couldn't agree with you more.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 18 September 2003 20:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Damn, there were vocals on that?! ;)

Just bought Beet, Maize & Corn. Just finished listening and it seems like I just put it on. Beautifully done background music. Emphasis on background. To give it some credit, I think it would make for great baby-making music. It evokes springtime to a T.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Saturday, 25 October 2003 16:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Thankfully, it's only 40 mins. long!

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Saturday, 25 October 2003 16:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, especially the swishy meanders through Cold and Bouncy and Snowbug. And because my first date with my future wife was at a High Llamas performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum's LATER night !

darren (darren), Sunday, 26 October 2003 19:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Has anyone else heard Beet, Maize, and Corn? I'm thinking about seeing them live at the end of Feb., but I haven't heard the new material yet. Is it worth picking up? I have to admit, when I heard that the drums and electronics were almost entirely absent, I became wary, but jeez, I'm listening to the Beach Boys' Smile right now and loving it...

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 23 January 2004 20:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was thinking about this too; they're playing the Troubadour ...

dean! (deangulberry), Friday, 23 January 2004 21:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Beet, Maize, and Corn is great.. for those of you who missed the days of Gideon Gaye and Hawaii... which I did.. sorely.

If O'Hagan brings a small orchestra with him, I'll gladly hop along and see the Llamas when/if they come to town. I saw them many years tour for "Hawaii", and it was absolutely amazing. Later, I saw them tour for "Cold and Bouncy" and it was... well, not amazing.

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 23 January 2004 21:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Beet, Maize & Corn is the new "Skylarking" with bossanova bits.

wuperetta, Saturday, 24 January 2004 00:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Beet, Maize & Corn" is fantastic... beautifully wistful stuff. I do think a pared-down, live instrument sound is most effective for them, although "Snowbug" (tinged with exotica that one) is excellent and the best of their previous 3 records. BM&C actually seems the most subtle, refined HLs album since "Gideon Gaye" and is possibly even more cohesive (and a very concise 40 minutes) than that. A regretful, very English sound this time... must be a lot to do with the mournful brass.

*Highly recommended*.

Tom May (Tom May), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

but.his.voice... love the instrumentals but i really have nothing but contempt for that paper-thin voice.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think it works well in context; certainly does it little harm. His very undemonstrative voice is really part of that singular High Llamas sound.

Tom May (Tom May), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Found this on the High Llamas forum. No one else has written about it:

I was at the last show on Saturday. I can see the comparison with 'Say Hi...' but thought this was far superior. Coe's dialogues can be pretty cringe inducing. Sean decided to go with all monologues and the writing was fantastic throughout. Must have been a pleasure for the actors to recite. Also, I was surprised by the range of subjects/voices covered. I didn't expect a tale about getting lost while jogging in Canberra! The songs punctuate the stories within each monologue. A couple of potentials for the HL canon, inc. the title song (which was repeated as the final encore), The rest were OK. But it's not the music I took away really, more a new respect for Sean the author. :)

Never thought of Sean as a writer. I'd love to hear this.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 6 November 2014 16:34 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

London pastoral poppers the High Llamas haven’t released an album since 2011’s Talahomi Way, but last year their long-time label Drag City teased that the band was working on a new “musical narrative” project called Here Comes The Rattling Trees, and they’ve played a few shows around the UK throughout 2014. billed under that title. Today we’ve been given the first recorded music from the project in the form of a title track. The release is being billed as “Music From The Original Stage Production,” which means that it’s probably tracks culled from those live performances, and more performances could be coming in the future. Check out the first track and tracklist for the new record below.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 15:24 (three years ago) Permalink

randomly heard a sondre lerche track this week and thought, hey this sounds like high llamas -- and of course o'hagan did the strings.

tylerw, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Re: "it’s probably tracks culled from those live performances"

In fact, it's the whole show reproduced in album form. Tracks titled as "(x) Recalls" are the monologues.

The song on soundcloud is good, but it's a very wispy version! The arrangement when they performed it in the show was much punchier. (Not that High Llamas recordings can often be described as 'punchy', I'll grant you)

Jeff W, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, track times on the Drag City website - - suggests those "Recalls" tracks are very short.

So, not the whole monologue :(

Jeff W, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:28 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm disappointed it'll be five years since the excellent Talahomi Way and all we're getting is what looks like a pretty short soundtrack. I really like the song, though. It's nice to hear Sean reign it in sometimes. I guess the actual narrative is actually pretty good, then? I've found little about it online.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 5 November 2015 14:34 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

looks like this is coming out this week

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I bought it. It's really, really nice, but only 28 minutes long. :'(

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 22 January 2016 22:18 (two years ago) Permalink

So there's no dialogue from the play at all? That's disappointing, I was hoping to get at least a flavour of what it was like.

It's a bit like the problem I had with Scott Walker's "And Who Shall Go To The Ball...", in that it's difficult to appreciate as a whole piece of work due to a crucial part being missing.

Pheeel, Saturday, 23 January 2016 16:07 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

"go to montecito" is secretly the best track on snowbug.

jaymc, Saturday, 27 August 2016 05:07 (two years ago) Permalink

harpers romo, cookie bay, the american scene, janet jangle. o'hagan's melodies have never since been quite as accomplished imo.

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 27 August 2016 08:19 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Can Cladders and Talahomi Way are two of their strongest albums. Ive been playing them to death in between Stereolab sessions. The addition of the soulful backing vocals really gives the Cladders songs some needed life and the arrangements on Talahomi are to die for...

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

His inability to write a hook or a memorable song is overstated on this forum. Yeah, Gideon Gaye was probably his strongest set of traditional songs, but I think he's had a lot of decent melodies up his sleeve all along.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Sean performed a Basil Kirchin tribute the other night with a group that included Tim Gane.

They recorded at least one song, which pops up at 55:30. It's an original.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Just noticed HL remixed a track from the Rundgren/Lindstrøm Runddans collaboration. First listen makes me think it's kind of inspired – Rundgren has always loved the Beach Boys but it's rarely materialized in his music. This takes one of the poppiest pieces from a very proggy record andsome of the background vox Rundgren recorded that got buried in the final mix and does a little Gold Star treatment with them. Pretty neat.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I love Sean's remixes.

Completely rebuilt that song.

I hear an element of a fairly famous tropicalia song I can't put my finger on.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:56 (one year ago) Permalink

recent live show here -- glad they are still at it.
just gave can cladders a listen last weekend randomly — still a really strong album! the backup singers are a nice touch.

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:58 (one year ago) Permalink

By the way, that Alexander Von Mehren album is very good if you're a Stereolab/Llamas fan.

Thanks for the link, tyler.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:03 (one year ago) Permalink

CLASSIC just for influence on Cobra and Phases

flappy bird, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:05 (one year ago) Permalink

There was a lot of disdain for his influence on the group in one of the many Stereolab threads. :(

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:06 (one year ago) Permalink

More than just an influence, O'Hagan performed or provided arrangements on most of Stereolab's albums

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:09 (one year ago) Permalink

i think o'hagan + stereolab is usually successful ... and i love the hansen/sadier vocals on snowbug.

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

just LOLd at this classic early pitchfork review:

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Yep, and still actively collaborates with tim. even played piano on a cavern of antimatter track or two. He's clearly been favored by Tim for a long time, or is it the other way around...

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

SeanO did the strings on this song. lol

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 21:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, he does on the original. That's not the original.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 21:48 (one year ago) Permalink


Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Thursday, 23 February 2017 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Stereolab reminds me of 1997
In a good way

calstars, Thursday, 23 February 2017 22:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Turrican, ever the buzzkill

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 February 2017 00:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Couple of new remixes by Sean & Tim.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 February 2017 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Interesting interview w/ Sean, mostly questions about his work with other bands and artists. It's fairly long.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Interesting that he feels like he doesn't take enough chances with the Llamas material

Moodles, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I love how when he hums & sings during the interview, he sounds nothing like he does in his own music. It's a much more gravelly, normal voice, rather than that airy, kind of flat voice we're all used to.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:17 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Just found out about this album. Came out a couple months ago. It's very, very good:

The rough guitar sketches he sent to O'Hagan earned beautifully detailed string arrangements, eventually forming the basis of this beautifully crafted collection. As a creative foil to Lancellotti's soothing yet ambitious approach, O'Hagan is a perfect fit, enhancing instrumental tracks like the lilting title cut and the gorgeous "Árvores" with exquisitely rendered string parts that seem both featherlight and absolutely essential. As on previous releases, both Kassin and Veloso also return to help out, the former adding sitar, guitars, and synth to the mysterious "Aracne" and the latter singing and co-writing the breezy highlight "Tudo ao Redor." For his part, Lancellotti remains the captain here, singing, arranging, playing a multitude of instruments, and turning out challenging avant-garde pop on "Asas" and sunny samba rhythms on "Insatiable," and crooning over eerie synths on the magical "Dama da Noite." The Good Is a Big God may be a lofty album rich in layers, details, and rhythms, yet it never flaunts its ambition. Lancellotti is a master of subtlety, gracefully melding his own attributes with the strengths of others to great effect on this excellent sophomore outing.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 9 July 2018 19:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Thanks for the tip, checking this out right now

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 July 2018 20:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Did you notice Seano started a new website recently?

There are some audio clips on the 'Music in Art' page that I need to check out.

Jeff W, Monday, 9 July 2018 20:16 (four months ago) Permalink

That Basil Kirchin track is part of an album that I believe is either being worked on or completely finished. I heard one track and thought it was phenomenal.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 9 July 2018 20:20 (four months ago) Permalink

This Lancellotti album is nice. "Asas" has a monster groove.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 July 2018 20:36 (four months ago) Permalink

There's even a song where Sean takes lead vocals. Sounds totally Llamas. The instrumentals sound heavily influenced by Sean as well.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Sean O'Hagan - The Peacock Hunter
Sean O’Hagan has spent 30 years in music as a performer and writer, first as the co-founder of Microdisney in the 1980s, then as the founder of the still current High Llamas as well as being a part time member of Stereolab. Sean has made a living as an arranger, in film, art and event writing. In 2014 Sean wrote a staged musical narrative called Here Come The Rattling Trees set in Peckham, his home for 30 years. Here Come The Rattling Trees is now the High Llamas's 10th studio LP. In 2017 Sean was commissioned by Hull City of Culture 2017 to write We Start Counting, a tribute to Basil Kirchin.

The Peacock Hunter, the show which will be performed this evening, takes you on an impressionistic trip from a Coventry production line to the last days of a collapsing Middle Eastern dynasty, using original music and text and archive images. Music written and performed by Sean O'Hagan, Marcus Holdaway, and Dominic Murcott, with text written and delivered by Liam McNeive. Liam McNeive has originated or collaborated in various musical and filmic creations, including a BBC-produced virtual reality world.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Looks fun!

Jeff W, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:23 (three months ago) Permalink

Tickets have gone on sale now too

stet, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:40 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Peacock show is on Saturday.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:29 (one month ago) Permalink

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought I’d bought a ticket but seems like I hadn’t! Glad there are some left.

stet, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I can't wait to hear how it goes.

I wonder if this is connected to the Basil Kirchin project they were working on.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Ta for the reminder, I was planning to go to this and nearly forgot. Herne Hill's a mainline service as well so coming from Luton I've no excuse, the train comes practically right to the door of the venue.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Sean vs The Banging Door and Sean vs The Hand Drier = one for the ages

Jeff W, Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Seriously though, a great show in a lovely venue (the above mentioned drawbacks notwithstanding). The Peacock Hunter bears no relation at all to We Start Counting (the Kirchin project), it's much closer to Here Come The Rattling Trees in terms of structure, but with a single story arc rather than a series of loosely linked narratives.

Jeff W, Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I wonder what planning lunacy led to the toilets being directly behind the stage area, it was farcical. I genuinely thought Sean was going to kick off when they had to stop Bramble Black, he must've been fuming.

Lovely set though apart from the "technical issues", glad to've caught it.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:15 (one month ago) Permalink

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