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A song in Japanese about trying things out before committing
2 October 2020
|Short-Haired Domestic (Lee & Tim Friese-Greene of Talk Talk) releases Japanese singles from debut LP|
FOR FANS OF: Stereolab, Anna Meredith, Gwenno, Monade, Broadcast, Francois Hardy, Mohagany, Marnie
Photos by Jake Friese-Greene
“You will certainly welcome the originality… creative and beautiful” – Jammerzine
“Some producers leave an unmistakable mark on the artists they work with – in part due to their sheer love and involvement in this music, but part also due to their profoundness, dedication, superb taste and superior guidance. Legendary UK producer Tim Friese-Greene falls into this category” – The Spill Magazine
“The bee’s knees – upbeat, surreal and frenzied… like a sonic trip through an amusement park and French discotheque. Do we want more? Yes indeed” – Amplify Music Magazine
“A catchy pop edge, optimism and mystique. Through this complex composition and quirky stylings, the performance is believable, accessible and endearing” – The Big Takeover
“A potent cocktail with a unique and intriguing approach, reminiscent of Gwenno, Stereolab and Broadcast. Vocally, melodically, production-wise, this music is nothing short of impeccable” – Louder Than War
Trailblazing British producer Tim Friese-Greene presents a new track from his new Short-Haired Domestic project’s eponymous album release. ‘A song in Japanese about trying things out before committing,’ which follows up ‘A song in German concerning gardens and goodbyes,’ both offer a refreshing taste of their eponymous debut long-play.
Best known for his celebrated production work with Talk Talk and Catherine Wheel (often dubbed the silent member of the former group), this new duofeatures stunning vocals by wife Lee Friese-Greene of 90’s London Riot Grrl band Sidi Bou Said and currently lead vocalist and guitar player for Pavlova.
Each track on the new album features vocals in a different language. At their heart are a breakbeat loop, sampled fragments, scratching, insistent funk and Latin rhythms, surprising appearances of acoustic guitar and just about every sound that’s possible to wring from a WASP synthesizer.
The result is melancholic and driven with a pop edge and sensibility. Avoiding any whiff of ‘divaness’ in the vocals, these songs instead allow emotion to be largely generated by the music as a response to the lyric.
Earlier in 2020, the duo released singles ‘A song in Spanish addressed to men who drive big cars’ and ‘A song in Latin… A song in Hindi…’, along with a fun and clever video for ‘A song in Latin about the importance of comfortable shoes’ (produced by Dylan Friese-Greene and filmed by Jake Friese-Greene).
Apart from his work with Talk Talk and Catherine Wheel, Friese-Greene has also produced works by Lush, Thomas Dolby, Sidi Bou Said and Firefly Burning. AllMusic describes him as “renowned for his unerring sense of atmosphere and nuance, Tim Friese-Greene was among the most innovative — albeit underrecognized — producers of his era.”
After 1995, he shifted his primary focus to creating music as a solo artist, issuing various releases under his own name and as Heligoland. Short-Haired Domestic is the next step in a logical progression for this producer.
On October 2, the duo released their ‘Short-Haired Domestic’ debut LP on vinyl and CD, as well as digitally across digital platforms. It can be obtained directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
1. A song in Latin about the importance of comfortable shoes
2. A song in Spanish addressed to men who drive big cars
3. A song in Japanese about trying things out before committing
4. A song in Bulgarian for lovers of gin
5. A song in German concerning gardens and goodbyes
6. A song in Italian saluting his mother
7. A song in Danish in which there is much discontent
8. A song in Hindi for insomniacs
9. A song in Yoruba about leaves, memory and time
Written and performed by Tim Friese-Greene and Lee Friese-Greene
Recorded and mixed at The Hold, Totnes
Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones at Gearbox Records and
Steve Kitch at Audiomaster
Sleeve artwork by Left Bridge
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