‘First Light’ is the debut album from FADER a synth superduo (if you will) featuring Neil Arthur from BLANCMANGE and Benge, best known for his work with WRANGLER and JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS.
The obvious thing to do here is to compare ‘First Light’ with the last couple of WRANGLER albums and Benge’s work with JOHN FOXX. What strikes immediately is that with Neil Arthur on board, this is a much softer and more melodic sound. More Inside ›
The switch to digital technology in the production of synthesizers caused a seismic shift not just in the way that music was produced, but also how analogue devices were perceived.
The synths chosen are also from the first wave of digital synths and as such doesn’t include any of the current wave of digital-based products. More Inside ›
EM Forster’s short story ‘The Machine Stops‘ was published way back in 1909, an incredibly prescient and apocalyptic vision of an Earth that is virtually incapable of supporting human life.
To be honest, if any musician is qualified to soundtrack a dystopian play about a civilisation run by a machine, then the involvement of JOHN FOXX is a complete no-brainer… More Inside ›
After the release of their debut album ‘LA Spark’ in 2014, 2016 has seen a ramping up of activity in the WRANGLER camp, with June’s modular synth remix album ‘Sparked’ being shortly followed by a new collection of 9 tracks which make up ‘White Glue’.
When played back-to-back with ‘LA Spark’, its successor is less dense texturally (there are fewer string chords) and features far more complexity in its interlocking of monophonic synthesizer parts. More Inside ›
Since talking to The Electricity Club back in April 2014, WRANGLER have followed their debut release ‘LA Spark’ with a modular synth remix album ‘Sparked’, a live show at The Royal Albert Hall and a follow-up album in the shape of ‘White Glue’.
With a new single ‘Stupid’ recently unleashed as a trailer for the new long player, Mal, Benge and Phil kindly spoke to The Electricity Club about developments within the band and the forthcoming collaboration with JOHN GRANT. More Inside ›