01 agosto 2014

John Doran intervista Annette Peacock a proposito della recente riedizione del suo avventuroso - e avveniristico - primo album, Revenge. E di molto altro, naturalmente. Sul cambio di titolo deciso per l'occasione - I Belong To A World That's Destroying Itself, da uno dei brani - dichiara Annette: "I think it's a current statement to make even though the record was recorded about 45 years ago. It was a prophetic statement at the time and it is relevant now. You know, I've achieved everything I've set out to achieve in my life except for two things. One is getting the timing right; getting something out that is appreciated at its time of release because if it's not I don't care much about it later on. It has no meaning to me then. And the other thing is being able to release records whenever I like. It takes a lot of money to release records and I have to live very humbly. And that's OK as long as I have freedom. Sometimes I think that the world awards mediocrity more than it awards originality. That's a dispute I have with myself though and it's not based on anything that's relevant to anyone else though."
L'intervista è per la rivista on-line The Quietus.

This is Annette Peacock's extraordinary first solo album - and historically the first known instance of a vocalist singing through synthesizers - recorded 1968-69. This album embodies a kind of unique territory that after over four decades still sounds audacious. It was originally titled Revenge and finally released on LP in 1971 under the group name Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show. Ms. Peacock has retitled it I Belong To A World That's Destroying Itself for this 2014 edition, the first appearance of this album on any media in 43 years, and also its worldwide CD debut, which includes two previously unreleased bonus cuts. Ms. Peacock personally remixed and oversaw the digital mastering of this reissue, and has released it on her own Ironic Records US label. Its still rough (in 1968, engineers had no experience recording bands with synthesizers played in real time alongside the other players), and tough, unabashed vanguardist attitude is Annette Peacock's ecological electronica, pre-punk prophecy. As well, it contains the first recorded version of one of her mainstay anthems, I'm The One, which was subsequently re-recorded for her more widely-known legendary 2nd album of the same name released in 1972.