File under: Indiepop, Indie, UK. Naughty little folk-pop maestro We Show Up On Radar is indeed a person and Zanzibar Whip Coral is indeed his album. A body of songs expelled through his cloud-like body like a turbulent but fruitful gale. This mass of organised air is to be released on Fika Recordings. Nottingham based multi instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Andy Wright – the man inside We Show up On Radar – has conjured up this 9 song popular melodrama using nothing but his own full sized Wurlitzer, complete with rotating platform and wearing his trademark sequinned suit.
Zanzibar Whip Corals is the 4.15 from Waverly Station. The train seats are woven from spun sugar and the train driver is a pelican with secrets in his bill. The gentle breeze spilling through the windows is Andy’s voice with a melancholy love story sung for all the weird and wonderful creatures giggling in the distance. His songwriting is tender, almost fragile but his songs are anthemic, bubbling with gentle power. This journey is one of sheer magic and terror, like a lovely nightmare where you wake up smiling. We Show Up On Radar’s songs are bewitching tales, scattered with references to vegetarian yeti’s, microscopic sea creatures and Greek Gods. It is music that is full of contradictions – childlike and sweet, but a bit wrong; terribly sad, but hopelessly uplifting. Wright invented libraries and then toured them…. We Show Up On Radar have also recorded on various occasions for the BBC at the legendary Maida Vale studios and Abbey Road. Lets all fly away on each other’s smiles.
“Many pop artists overdo it on the twee elements, but the vast scope and ambition of We Show Up On Radar covers an enormous sonic territory ensuring that balance is always maintained. It may sound a little like Salad Fingers fronting the flaming lips, but just imagine what kind of imagination it must take to pull that off” The Guardian.
“A deceptively dark, quirky lyricist, (Wright) finds beautifully detailed stories and significance in the ordinary; his dramatic imagery wrapped up snugly in the protective blanket of his charmingly endearing delivery.” Clash Music.
FORMAT: 12” transparent yellow vinyl with download code.
A1) Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Part 1)
A2) Willow Tree
A3) Zanzibar Whip Coral
A4) A Theogony
B1) Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Part 2)
B2) La Finta Nonna
B3) Giant Dinosaur vs Sea Monster
B4) The Lion’s Skull
B5) Crumbs For Erin