For those familiar with JOHN GRANT’s previous body of work, from ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ onwards there started to be a bipolar nature to his music, swinging from electronic-based tracks being in the minority through to them now being the main focus of his latest work ‘Love is Magic’.
The choice of main producer and CREEP SHOW band mate Benge has obviously been a major factor in this synthetic shift. There is no pandering to commerciality or laurel-resting here... Continue Reading ›
CREEP SHOW is an electronic meeting of minds between eclectic US singer / songwriter John Grant and the dark analogue electro of WRANGLER, the trio comprising Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter and Benge.
The first fruit of this collaboration is 'Mr Dynamite' - an album which was recorded in Cornwall following the move of Benge’s Memetune studio from its original Hoxton location. ‘Mr Dynamite’ is a really fresh and uncontrived sounding album. Continue Reading ›
GUSGUS started within cinematography but gained international acclaim for their electronic productions.
As an eclectic troupe, the Icelandic duo of Daniel Ágúst Haraldsson and Birgir Þórarinsson have been the only constants. Taking their name from a mispronunciation of “cuscus” in a German film ‘Ali: Fear Eats The Soul’, the Reykjavik sound manipulators have always marvelled at being able to play with various styles and genres. Continue Reading ›
CREEP SHOW sees a dream team collaboration between US singer-songwriter and professed synth-lover John Grant with the established experimental electro triad of Stephen Mallinder, Benge and Phil Winter, collectively known as WRANGLER.
The Electricity Club spoke to CREEP SHOW about the gestation of the album, the impact of Benge’s studio relocating to Cornwall and some of the tech involved in the making of their album ‘Mr Dynamite’. Continue Reading ›
Following the collaborative project with Benge as FADER, this relationship is perpetuated with the JOHN FOXX sideman tackling production duties on the new BLANCMANGE album ‘Unfurnished Rooms’.
The eponymous album opener is an intriguing mixture of guitar textures, interlocking monosynths and Linn Drum programming. Neil Arthur’s vocals convey a real sense of loss and a brilliant chanting “search, search!” helps tie the whole piece together. Continue Reading ›