BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA’s new single ‘Tin Can Telephone’ is a chirpily sequenced number that features the vintage synthesizers of Chris Blackburn (formally of KATSEN) and the charming affected vocals of Tasmanian born Brigitte Sutherland.
From the Brighton based duo’s first album ‘Incomplete Until Broken’ released in September 2014, ‘Tin Can Telephone’ uses the primitive self-made form of mechanical communication as symbolism for relationship break-up. The pair recently had a boost in profile when ‘Tin Can Telephone’ was track of the day on BBC Introducing. The package also features two brand new songs including the Marilyn Monroe in outer space weirdness of ‘I’m Scared’.
As with their previous releases, ‘Tin Can Telephone’ comes in a hand-made numbered limited edition CD-R maxi-single. Featuring a ten-panel piece of artwork, designed and folded by BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA themselves, it is made from velvet card stock and enveloped in an acetate sleeve. They are certainly competing in the inventive packaging stakes with VILE ELECTRODES, who coincidentally contribute their robotically processed Machine Consciousness Mix of ‘Tin Can Telephone’ to the single.
There is also the haunting Soulless Party Mix by Kev Oyston of MOTORBIKES IN TOKYO who said: “it’s an immense pleasure to be on the same CD as the brilliant BOO and of course the amazing Vile Electrodes… it’s been a while since I turned my hand to something electro as I’ve been working on dark soundtracky stuff”
Since their 2012 debut mini-album ‘AC/EP’, BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA have been steadily building a reputation for their quirky chiptune influenced pop and futuristic instrumentals. Full of fun and adventure, they are a fine example of a truly independent entity.
‘Tin Can Telephone’ is available now as a CD-R maxi-single and download from
BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA perform a live session for BBC Introducing on Saturday 15th August 2015 from 20:00 UK time
Text by Chi Ming Lai
14th August 2015