Archive for February, 2013
John Foxx And The Maths’ new album Evidence is out on Monday. It includes this track with Gazelle Twin – ‘Changelings’ – which was recently highlighted as one of the lead tracks at this year’s New York Fashion Week catwalk shows.
Both John Foxx and Benge have contributed to I Dream Of Wires, an extensive documentary about the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer.
On Vanishing Land (2013) is a magisterial audio-essay that evokes a walk undertaken by the artists along the Suffolk coastline in 2005, from Felixstowe container port to the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo. On Vanishing Land integrates new compositions by digital musicians Baron Mordant, Dolly Dolly, Ekoplekz, Farmers of Vega, Gazelle Twin, John Foxx, Pete Wiseman, Raime and Skjolbrot. For the installation at The Showroom it will be accompanied by an untitled sequence of a wide range of visual references, produced in collaboration with artist Andy Sharp (English Heretic).
Date : Thursday the 7th of March, 2013.
Performance by John Foxx of pieces from Electricity And Ghosts with films by John Foxx and Karborn, and bespoke live responses to On Vanishing Land by Raime (guitar + electronics set).
Time : 19:00 onwards.
Tickets are priced at £12.00 / £8.00 concessions.
To purchase tickets to this event, please visit here.
Date : Saturday the 16th of March, 2013.
Discussion with Mark Fisher, Justin Barton, The Otolith Collective, John Foxx, Frances Morgan (Deputy Editor,The Wire) and Elizabeth Walling (Gazelle Twin).
Time : 15:00
Attendance to this event is free – no booking is required.
The exhibition runs from the 6th of February through to the 5th of March (previewed on the 5th of February : 18.30 – 20.30). On Vanishing Land (forty-five minutes) will be played at 12:00 midday, 14:00 and 16:00, with each presentation followed by a fifty-minute image sequence.
Venue : The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ
The Quietus recently interviewed John, Gazelle Twin, Benge and Scanner at The Maths’ studio in London.
John Foxx & The Maths are playing a headline show at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on 7 June, 2013. Tickets are available for sale HERE
(Photos by Mike Cooper)
John Foxx And The Maths are pleased to announce they will be joining Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark as special guests on their forthcoming (and appropriately titled) English Electric Tour.
April 28 Margate Winter Gardens
29 Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 1 Nottingham Royal Centre
2 Ipswich Regent Theatre
3 London Roundhouse
5 Bristol Colston Hall
6 Oxford New Theatre
8 Sheffield City Hall
9 Leeds Academy
10 Manchester Academy
12 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
13 Gateshead Sage
14 Liverpool Empire
John Foxx And The Maths remix of OMD’s ‘Dresden’ single:
Foxx has been experimenting with electronics since the 1970s when he worked with the likes of Brian Eno and legendary Krautrock producer Conny Plank in the original line-up of Ultravox, described by Gary Numan as ‘the blueprint for my first two or three albums.’ Jim Kerr remembers early Ultravox gigs as a vital inspiration for Simple Minds, while ’90s innovators Leftfield were influenced by the band’s pioneering mix of punk and electronics. They discussed using Foxx’s ‘cinematic sci-fi vocals’ as one of their collaborations and although this didn’t happen ex-member Paul Daley is currently working on new material with Foxx.
Launching his solo career with the icily minimalist Metamatic (fans include Aphex Twin and Afrika Bambaataa), Foxx has released 26 studio albums to date. In 2011 he returned to his analogue synthesizer roots with the critically acclaimed Interplay – the first album with Benge from The Maths. Their debut was swiftly followed by the more personal-edged The Shape Of Things in 2012 and they’re set to release their latest album Evidence on 25 February 2013. Arguably their darkest so far, the record features collaborations with contemporary artists Matthew Dear, The Soft Moon, Xeno & Oaklander, Tara Busch and Gazelle Twin.
In addition to John Foxx and Benge, the line-up for the English Electric shows will feature Hannah Peel on keyboards and violin.
Expect a set list mixing recent songs ‘Evergreen’, ‘Catwalk’ and ‘Evidence’ with cold gems from Foxx’s solo career including ‘Burning Car’, ‘He’s A Liquid’ and ‘Underpass’.
For more information please visit HERE
‘Evidence – the third album with Modular Moog-obsessive Ben ‘Benge’ Edwards, ferries the listener to a paranoid, dystopic, late-night city soundtracked by dense, pulsating synths, glacial melodies and ethereal half-sung, half-spoken vocals. Foxx’s creative fires still burn white hot.’ 4/5 MOJO
‘His relationship with young producer Benge has seen Foxx release his best music since the glory days of early Ultravox and debut solo album Metamatic, and Evidence is even more brimful of sci-fi sensuality than last year’s The Shape Of Things. Highlights include the dark house of Matthew Dear collaboration ‘Talk (Beneath Your Dreams)’ and two centre-piece excursions with Brighton electro maverick Gazelle Twin.’ 4/5 UNCUT
‘Foxx’s legacy has come to be revered, with his influence on electronic music recognised by the likes of The Orb and LFO. Evidence, Foxx’s third album in 3 years with The Maths, provides plenty of evidence why. The tracks and crafted and atmospheric and the collaborations serve to anchor the album in the present rather than the past.’THE WIRE
‘Lush and romantic, Evidence is the kind of timeless electronic album you can dream inside.’ 4/5 CLASSIC ROCK
‘The mood is dark and unsettling as Foxx combines the icy beauty of ‘My Town’ with the eerie ‘Changelings’, featuring the haunting voice of Gazelle Twin.’ 4/5 CLASSIC POP
‘A pulsing electro cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Have A Cigar’ might be an unexpected (though warming) surprise, but the closing quartet of ‘Shadow Memory’, ‘Walk’, ‘Myriads’ and ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ sees Foxx and Benge simmering in exquisite fashion.’ 4/5 RECORD COLLECTOR
‘Rather than treat their analogue synthesizers as museum pieces, John Foxx and his electronic producer partner Benge have cranked their machines into life for a succession of albums of futuristic electronic pop. This Dark Lord Of Synth still wields fearsome power.’ 3/5 Q MAGAZINE
‘Foxx has embraced technology to create something otherworldly, chilling and at times dream-like on an album that hangs together beautifully.’ 4/5 VIVE LE ROCK
‘Ever since he started making music John Foxx has always sounded contemporary – and here, more than 35 years on, that remains the case. As a consequence Evidence is a mandatory listen for long time followers of Foxx and electronic music – but also for those new to the form.’ 5/5 DMC WORLD
‘If you already own John Foxx & The Maths’ previous albums Interplay and The Shape of Things then you need this album. If you don’t own those records then you need all three, and what a treat you have coming your way.’ 4/5 THIS IS NOT RETRO
John Foxx And The Maths’s third album Evidence will be released worldwide by Metamatic/Cargo Records on 25th February, 2013.
It’s available from Amazon HERE
If you can’t wait, a limited number of copies are available exclusively in advance through the Official John Foxx Store. You can order the album HERE
The tracklisting is as follows:
1 Personal Magnetism
2 Evidence (Featuring The Soft Moon)
3 That Sudden Switch (Featuring Xeno & Oaklander)
4 Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) Featuring Matthew Dear
5 Neon Vertigo
6 Changelings (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
7 My Town
8 Have A Cigar
9 A Falling Star (Featuring Gazelle Twin)
10 Cloud Choreography
11 Shadow Memory
14 Only Lovers Left Alive
15 Talk (I Speak Machine Mix) (Featuring Tara Busch)
The 15-track CD brings together various new collaborations with The Soft Moon (the post-punk psychedelia of the title-track), Gazelle Twin (including the strikingly beautiful ‘Changelings’) , Xeno & Oaklander, Tara Busch and Matthew Dear from the last 18 months; plus a Pink Floyd cover version and some recently recorded Foxx/Benge material. This includes the rich, analogue glow of ‘Walk’ and end-of-the-world ballad ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’. Hannah Peel plays ‘space violin’ on ‘Neon Vertigo’ and ‘ My Town’. Evidence is arguably their most atmospheric album so far – built around slower, starker beats and lots of space in the music with dreamlike echoes of Massive Attack, dub, Japan, Syd Barrett and Dead Can Dance.
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