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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic.

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

hstencil, Sunday, 7 September 2003 02:21 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 http://www.bubbyworld.com/microdisney/microdisneyindex.htm.

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

harveyw (harveyw), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I can confirm this to be so.

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 7 September 2003 09:52 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:40 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

Expertly played, wonderfully arranged, beautifully recorded elevator music.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:59 (seventeen years ago) link

dud.
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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

RJG (RJG), Monday, 8 September 2003 16:58 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 09:26 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

You wouldn't like them Ned.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:04 (seventeen years ago) link

B-but Ned likes EVERYTHING.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:08 (seventeen years ago) link

No he doesn't.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I was about to say.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:24 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

george i couldn't agree with you more.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 18 September 2003 20:37 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Thankfully, it's only 40 mins. long!

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Saturday, 25 October 2003 16:54 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

dean! (deangulberry), Friday, 23 January 2004 21:10 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

wuperetta, Saturday, 24 January 2004 00:23 (sixteen years ago) link

"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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca63gRUHSeA

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:43 (ten months ago) link

Finally got around to putting this up. Might have to try a re-encode though as youtube seems to've fucked the upload :/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVmIE7_bGfY

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Monday, 4 November 2019 20:36 (ten months ago) link

Oh my goodness. That's fantastic. Thank you.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 4 November 2019 20:40 (ten months ago) link

Ha! Came here to promote ^this (Twitter has just found it). Thanks, Pheeel!

Jeff W, Monday, 4 November 2019 21:57 (ten months ago) link

Great playlist:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8gx

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:27 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Unfortunately, it appears he is dealing with cancer. I wish Sean the best.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:39 (nine months ago) link

Oh fuck, really? That's awful.

Get well soon Sean.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:43 (nine months ago) link

I can't find anything about this online, where did you happen to hear it?

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:44 (nine months ago) link

I've been at the sharp end in hospital under going cancer treatment , cared for by a team if wonderful health workers from all over the world. Migrant workers.This latest revulsion from Johnson as he attempts to shore up the vilest sentiment for votes is criminal.Times shame.

— High Llamas (@High_Llamas) December 9, 2019

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:59 (nine months ago) link

Fuck, this sucks

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:02 (nine months ago) link

Thanks for the tweet. That's dreadful news.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:12 (nine months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD8nkYmYkEQ

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:24 (nine months ago) link

ugh! hopefully he'll get better.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:26 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, fingers crossed for Sean, genuinely a good guy.

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 17:23 (nine months ago) link

Wishing Sean a speedy recovery, he's such a lovely guy. Reading some of these comments from years ago, I think there's been some misconception that The High Llamas' records are meant to be a kind of terminus. The culmination of their influences, e.g. "what the Beach Boys were aspiring to". I believe this is looking at it the wrong way about. Surely they were the entry point? And from there we were meant to go on to check out Giu La Testa, Clube da Esquina and Marcos Valle? We didn't have algorithms for that in the 90's. Sean has been criticized a great deal for wearing his influences on his sleeve, and I understand but if you flip the triangle the other way around, it's incredibly generous, isn't it?

Deflatormouse, Saturday, 14 December 2019 02:08 (nine months ago) link

Yes, get well soon, Sean. Always liked this one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ten0um-Ae8

Lidsville U.K. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 December 2019 12:08 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

I'll pick this thread 'cuz Sean's the one who interests me the most of the characters on the line-up. I am looking forward to this on Friday:

https://cabanemusic.bandcamp.com/album/grande-est-la-maison

Grande est la maison – Cabane’s first album is the outcome of Belgian composer Thomas Jean Henri bringing together the American Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and English musician Kate Stables (This Is The Kit), to perform some songs arranged by Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas) ; a dream line-up for this collection of tunes, bordering on both folk and orchestral pop. Far from the maddening sounds, ‘Grande est la maison’ will be a warm shelter for lovers of Nick Drake or Vashti Bunyan.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 24 February 2020 15:51 (six months ago) link

Oh thanks for that - this was the fellow out of Soy Un Caballo, whose LP I love (it also involved Sean in a similar capacity I think).

Tim, Monday, 24 February 2020 16:42 (six months ago) link

Sean also produces the upcoming album, High January by Market Starling.

Jeff W, Monday, 24 February 2020 16:48 (six months ago) link

*Marker, grrr stupid autocorrect

Jeff W, Monday, 24 February 2020 16:51 (six months ago) link

Kate Sables appears courtesy of Rough Trade Records Ltd
Will Oldham appears with courtesy of his own damn self
Sean O'hagan appears with courtesy of Domino Publishing

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 24 February 2020 17:03 (six months ago) link

Sounds good, Jeff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlfy7dnR6pY

Laetitia with a guest spot.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 24 February 2020 17:09 (six months ago) link

Pretty sure Sean O'Hagan did some playing/arranging with the early Palace Bros.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 24 February 2020 17:14 (six months ago) link

"I'll pick this thread 'cuz Sean's the one who interests me the most of the characters on the line-up. I am looking forward to this on Friday:

https://cabanemusic.bandcamp.com/album/grande-est-la-maison";

I think this guy is mainly a photographer, Sean has worked on his records before and played a gig in his apartment a few years ago.

Deflatormouse, Monday, 24 February 2020 19:35 (six months ago) link

I've hit an age where I have panic attacks when threads are unexpectedly revived.

djh, Monday, 24 February 2020 20:38 (six months ago) link

It's pretty reasonable to panic with this particular thread

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 24 February 2020 22:07 (six months ago) link

never talk about anybody old and not dead on the internet

brimstead, Monday, 24 February 2020 22:40 (six months ago) link

ugh sorry didn’t know dude was actually not doing well, fp away

brimstead, Monday, 24 February 2020 22:41 (six months ago) link

yes, made me very nervous to see this revived. i haven't heard anything about his condition since december.

Deflatormouse, Monday, 24 February 2020 23:25 (six months ago) link

I think there's been some misconception that The High Llamas' records are meant to be a kind of terminus. The culmination of their influences, e.g. "what the Beach Boys were aspiring to". I believe this is looking at it the wrong way about. Surely they were the entry point? And from there we were meant to go on to check out Giu La Testa, Clube da Esquina and Marcos Valle? We didn't have algorithms for that in the 90's. Sean has been criticized a great deal for wearing his influences on his sleeve, and I understand but if you flip the triangle the other way around, it's incredibly generous, isn't it?

― Deflatormouse, Friday, December 13, 2019 6:08 PM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Thank you for this, I think it’s a lovely summation of what I’ve thought many times; I can’t think of any single artist in the past few decades who has been so ill-served by a lazy shorthand for their work. I hope more people will figure it out with time.

Deverly (Bangelo), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:24 (six months ago) link

Really digging the Cabane album. There's something very Llamas-esque about it beyond the string arrangements. I am enjoying Kate Stables's songs; I hadn't heard her before.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 2 March 2020 15:34 (six months ago) link

damn this is REALLY nice

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 2 March 2020 15:48 (six months ago) link

I really like the Cabane also - if you like it and you haven't heard the Soy Un Caballo LP you have a big treat in store.

Tim, Monday, 2 March 2020 16:11 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB9N9NWN3ys

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 20 April 2020 13:04 (four months ago) link

Aargh someone take the harmonica away from whoever’s ruining this lovely cover 😆

Jeff W, Monday, 20 April 2020 13:22 (four months ago) link

Seriously though, good to see Sean looking OK and in fine voice after last year’s medical treatment

Jeff W, Monday, 20 April 2020 13:24 (four months ago) link

Fantastic that Sean O'Hagan (High Llamas) is looking healthy & hale here — and sounding typically wonderful. https://t.co/WTusACr6xZ

— Tyler Wilcox (@tywilc) April 24, 2020

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 April 2020 18:28 (four months ago) link

yeah this made my day

tylerw, Friday, 24 April 2020 19:19 (four months ago) link

Yes, it's great to see him in good spirits and fine form. I think his voice is getting better w/ age. His voice always needed a little extra grit. I'm also enjoying his daughter's contributions; her voice is wonderful on Radum Calls.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 27 April 2020 16:47 (four months ago) link

Love him. I don't know if any others made the connection between their musics over the decades, but this is the closest to imagining having my hero Simon Jeffes from the Penguin Cafe Orchestra doing a home concert for free.

My wet dream would be Sean producing a new David Sylvian album.

Max Florian, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 12:39 (four months ago) link

As mentioned upthread, he also produced the new Marker Starling LP, which is out now and v nice.

Deverly (Bangelo), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:09 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I completely missed up until now that the video in tylerw’s tweet is different to the one posted on 20 April. Just caught up with the former - so good, and brings back good memories of the Café Oto gig last year.

There was also short essay by Sean published on the Drag City website on the same day. Worth a read:
https://www.dragcity.com/news/2020-04-24-cracking-the-code

Jeff W, Friday, 15 May 2020 18:45 (four months ago) link

I've loved O'Hagan's music for a long time. In fact, it was one of two reasons why I launched a website around his music https://coughlanohagan.com/.

weirwrite, Saturday, 23 May 2020 06:46 (three months ago) link

*shits*

buzza, Saturday, 23 May 2020 07:10 (three months ago) link

Message on Bandcamp: “Small something special coming to you on June 18th. Stay tuned to Drag City”

Jeff W, Wednesday, 3 June 2020 18:01 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.dragcity.com/news/2020-06-18-wild-in-the-streets?fbclid=IwAR3-DjefQRHjdXG2hFvJnebHGBTrCGSP6UUJv9m66C8VxoGxBtAcvph-TXQ

The lockdown-era return of wildlife to the towns looked foreboding, with images of our streets deserted but for the odd roaming animals - but weren't cities built for everyone? Sean O' Hagan and his daughter Livvy have teamed up to sing of this ecstatic, divisive and unexpected homecoming, with squelching, modern r'n'b beats to boost the much needed energies in our stagnated communities today. Mixed by modern art-pop wunderkind Fryars, "The Wild Are Welcome" introduces a futuristic side of O'Hagan's always inventive songcraft. Sean writes:

"This April, the animals were coming back to the cities. I love our wild in London, the foxes and badgers - but then sheep, deer and goats started to stray back into the edges of urbanity, in Essex and on the fringes of Swansea and Edinburgh. So I imagined the conversations the animals were having as they acclimatized to the new norm. And of course it flipped the status for the rest of us not in captivity, as we stared out at the wild from our lockdown. As much as I have enjoyed the musical landscape that I have explored for 30 years, I want to creep beyond it. I can still drop the chords as I always have but I am enamored with the 2020 RnB experience and here I have found new tools to put records together. Livvy keeps me informed and I increasingly run stuff by her, so when the idea of this tune emerged, I wanted a female vocal around which to hang an approximated vocal running through bit crushing and transformers to get the 'sound'. The sounds of Sly's Riot mixed with these vital new expressions. This is where I am at in 2020: SEAN SYLVESTER DRAKE 61."

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 18 June 2020 16:52 (three months ago) link

Nothing to add to Sean’s own description! Hard to judge from just one song but yeah more in this vein would not I think be unwelcome.

Jeff W, Thursday, 18 June 2020 18:19 (three months ago) link

A really great interview with @High_Llamas Sean O'Hagan on his creative process: https://t.co/g0UVGTGqOd

— Paul McDermott (@learnandsing) June 18, 2020

Jeff W, Thursday, 18 June 2020 18:40 (three months ago) link

For an act that gets a lot of "every record sounds the same," he sure releases quite an eclectic array of music. I'm addicted to the new song. His daughter's got a lovely voice. She's great on Radum Calls as well.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 22 June 2020 15:58 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

I keep returning to "The Wild Are Welcome." What a wonderful song. I really hope that's a taste of his next album.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 11 September 2020 21:15 (one week ago) link


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