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Homelife - Flying Wonders

Homelife Flying Wonders
Homelife - Flying Wonders
(2xLP/CD) Ninja Tune ZEN71/ZENCD71, 2002-07

Info :
Mais mais mais mais... y'a de la pop chez Ninja Tune maintenant?! Oui mais attention pas du Oasis, du Manic street Preacher ou du Saint Etienne, non, plutôt un hybride entre Beck, Burnt Friedman, et les Tindersticks (ça c'est du pitch!). L'album du même nom que ce MP3 est sorti relativement discrètement en début d'année mais on va y revenir très prochainement...
Note : 5/5

CD Tracklisting :
01 Flying Wonders | Download mp3
02 Buffalos
03 Try Again
04 Seedpod
05 Fairweather View
06 Steps-Tone
07 Fruit Machine
08 D.E.X. 1
09 Mai Beshe Peeinal Dosta
10 Too Fast
11 Wonderley

2xLP Tracklisting :
A1 Flying Wonders
A2 Buffalos
A3 Too Fast
B1 Try Again
B2 Seedpod
B3 Credits
C1 Steps-Tone
C2 Fruit Machine
C3 Wonderley
D1 D.E.X. 1
D2 Mai Beshe Peeinal Dosta
D3 Fair-Weather View

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Press Release :
'A Mancuinian recipe for disaster? They are, in fact, the free joyous missing link between Aphex Twin, Jim O'Rourke and Gilles Peterson' i-D

Homelife is not a definite entity. It's hard to pin down their sound, how many people are in the band or even which band they are in! Nearly every Homelife track has a different line up. Less of a collective, Homelife is more of a pool of musicians whose talents are marshalled by reluctant foreman Paddy Steer.

There's a do-it-yourself ethos evident in Homelife. All material is recorded at Paddy's house with musicians doing their bit in small groups. With 15 to 16 contributor's on the most recent album, Flying Wonders the piecemeal approach makes sense and Paddy admits that it wouldn't be possible for the whole band to be in the studio at the same time. "It's not like the Monkees where we all in the room together. Whilst the majority of the co-operative are Manchester based, male vocalist Faron Brooks lives on Vancouver Island, Canada and key member Simon King is based in London.

Homelife revolves around the nucleus of the band is Paddy Steer (bass), Tony Burnside and Simon King (both guitar). They write and produce most of the songs although Paddy is quick to point out that other individuals contribute in an organic composition process. Percussion is provided by combinations of Icarus Wilson Wright, Richard Harrison, James Ford and Jason Self. In the string section, Rosie Lowdell plays violin and Semay Wu the cello; Seaming To occupying the role chanteuse. Seaming shares her given name - the Chinese for 'sea' - with Semay but chooses a different spelling. Male vocals are supplied by Faron Brooks. As with all things Homelife, it isn't as simple as that. Most of the band are multi-instrumental and there's a corresponding level of promiscuity. Half the band play in the related Toolshed project, fronted by 808 State's Graham Massey, and he returns the favour by contributing clarinet and saxophone.

Paddy cites punk as his entry in music. The first band he saw live were The Clash but was too young to get into see the Dead Kennedy's. He went to school with Faron, who began his musical career by penning the theme tune to kid's TV programme 'Why Don't You'. The pair formed a band playing Beatles and Elvis covers. Faron's family emigrated to Canada.

In 1985 Paddy joined Yargo where he met Tony Burnside. He describes their music as 'sparse, dubby, funky'. A deal with London resulted in three albums 'Bodybeat', 'Communicate' and the live album 'Prickly But Sweet'. Despite success and some renowned concerts in France, the band broke up in 1990. When asked what Yargo taught him Paddy replies "Pay your tax before you're skint." At the same time as Yargo, Paddy was involved in Graham Massey's first band, Biting Tongues, on a part-time basis He bowed out at the same time as Yargo dissolved. He went on to session for 'obscure French artists' and subsequently to score films with Simon King ( a fan of Morricone and John Barry as well as punk) for student shorts at the London College Of Printing. In total Paddy has thirteen soundtracks. Justin Robertson, who remixed a Yargo track but never met the band at the time, asked Paddy to join Lionrock in 1996 after the first album. It's an on-going open ended, if dormant, arrangemnt.

With a backlog of ideas Paddy, Tony and Simon formed Homelife in 1997. A suprise reunion with Faron followed: "I came home one day three years ago and did 1471 and it was him. His family had moved back. With a voice like his I would have thought that he would have made some records but he hadn't. I thought we'd better do something about it and asked him to sing for us."

We like to think of them as what Lambchop might have sounded like had they come from the Brazilian corner of Manchester. See if you agree by checking them out on tour throughout the summer....


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