10 novembre 2015


Anche Oranges & Lemons degli XTC ha guadagnato, si sa, le recenti attenzioni di Steven Wilson, tornando disponibile in un'edizione surround arricchita di molti materiali d'archivio. L'album salutò all'epoca - era il 1989 - l'arrivo in famiglia di due vivacissimi bimbetti, dichiarò Andy Partridge giustificando certe favolose atmosfere alla Mago di Oz, istigando a quel punto della discografia del gruppo il netto passaggio dalle tinte pastello alle vernici fluorescenti: "We always think in terms of a color for each album. The last one, Skylarking, had a pastoral, paisley feel. This album is more aggressive. The songs are up and positive. I'm a pretty optimistic person myself, sometimes aggressively so... like jolly sandpaper. This album has a 1,000-watt bulb where there used to be a 40-watt. It's fluorescent. Definitely bright colors."
Questo e molto altro più in dettaglio si verrà a sapere presto con la pubblicazione (finalmente) del libro di Partridge Complicated Game, redatto con Todd Bernhardt radunando scritti sparsi e numerose conversazioni. Lo annuncia in prevendita Burning Shed: "Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, Complicated Game details Andy Partridge songs from throughout XTC's career and provides a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. Filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and the band's adventures around the world (all told with AP's legendary humour), Complicated Game casts new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry."

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https://www.burningshed.com/store/ape/product/405/7076/add/7076
http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/more-details-for-sws-remix-of-xtcs-oranges-and-lemons