RIYL: The Horrors, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Clinic, BEAK>. TOY, who released Happy In The Hollow, their fourth, and by far most acclaimed album to date, in January of this year on Tough Love Records, have announced details of Songs Of Consumption, an 8-song collection of unique interpretations of tracks which have inspired the band. The idea was originally birthed when the band recorded four covers for the bonus 7″s that came with the Dinked and Rough Trade versions of the last album. 3 of those songs feature here alongside 5 new recordings completed last month, which comprise tracks by Stooges, Amanda Lear, Nico, The Troggs, Serge Gainsborough, Soft Cell, John Barry and Pet Shop Boys/Elvis/Willy Nelson (depending on how you know the song). Talking about the album, TOY said: Songs of Consumption sonically is a continuation and development of the themes conceived on Happy In The Hollow and it will show people where we are going towards musically. The DIY approach was explored further utilising more of the electronic elements that we touched upon before. Drum machines, stripped down arrangements and rudimentary production give a primitive sound that we thought suited the choice of songs. Some of the songs have very big sounding production, so we wanted to experiment with them by going in a different direction. Music is consumed voraciously now whereas these songs came from a time when the song was of the most important thing and that’s what was appreciated. Stripping them back to the essence of what they are was also something we wanted to explore. Also, we wanted to make a covers record with songs by people that influenced us in the past few years and it’s as much about the way they dealt with their ideas, and how they put themselves in uncomfortable situations in order to make something that in the end is simple. It’s a homage to the spirit of these people, that helped us to untangle ourselves from our inherent complicated nature and create a new space where we can exist.
Praise for Happy In The Hollow: Their masterpiece – The Times (5/5) // Utterly sublime – The Sunday Times // [An] exhilarating rediscovery of the psychedelic exploratory spirit that made them so exciting in the first place – The Quietus // It’s wintery charms and enervated intrigue are hard to deny – MOJO (4/5) // Back on sparkling form here – a band recharged and re-energised – Q (4/5) // Achieves a delicacy and intricacy they’d managed only fleetingly until now – Uncut (8/10).
1. Down On The Street (The Stooges)
2.Follow Me (Amanda Lear)
3. Sixty Forty (Nico)
4. Cousin Jane (The Troggs)
5. Fun City (Soft Cell)
6. Lemon Incest (Charlotte Gainsbourg & Serge Gainsbourg)
7. Always On My Mind (B.J. Thomas)
8. A Dolls House (John Barry)
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