WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FANTASY ALBUMS WHERE MUSIC FANS ARE PUT TO THE TEST TO DECIPHER THEIR ULTIMATE COLLECTION
The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1, 2, 3 etc from 10 different albums.
This month we have Ed Dowie . Ed was previously in the Dorset based band Brothers in Sound before studying music and releasing his first solo work back in 2013 with the EP ‘Unpacking My Library‘. He put out his debut album ‘The Uncle Sold‘ in 2017 and was hailed by The Skinny “beautiful…stolen snapshots of glimpsed futures and lost pasts.” His latest album ‘The Obvious I‘ has a more minimal approach than his debut work and was co-produced by the experimental pioneer “Leafcutter John” Burton once of Polar Bear. ‘The Obvious I’ hopes to adhere to Kraftwerk’s maxim about achieving the maximum emotional impact by the most minimal means.
“This is such a perfect piece of music. It blows me away every time I listen to it and makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. And what an unbelievably amazing way to start an album. It makes you want to listen to whatever’s going to follow. I would happily go wherever it wanted to take me.”
“This is an example of an absolute masterpiece that I have no concept how it was created, or how they continued to exist after creating it. I feel like they must have finished the track, and then simply disintegrated into the air, for it is entirely perfect.“
“It seems superfluous to say “I love this” as it that is obviously true of all of these choices (it was quite an ordeal to whittle it down to 10 songs!) but this is wonderful. Every element is required, there is not a sound out of place. I saw Cate and her band play a couple of shows the year before last, and felt like I could have watched the same show about 6 times in a row, each one only observing one member of the band, as each musician was absolutely captivating, and the music was wondrous.”
“I really like the album this comes from (In a Very Real Sense Now). I don’t really know much about the guy who made it [Simon Break] other than that I want him to make another The European album as this is excellent.“
“This is one of many examples on this list of songs that make me want to cry. It totally blows my mind that Kate Bush wrote the song at the age of 13, and recorded it at 16. It’s such an immense and powerful track. Love it.”
“This song is so haunting and beautiful, and again I have no concept of how anyone could have made it. It makes me want to shout, then fly into the sky, then curl into a ball, then disappear.“
“This is simply brilliant in every way. Just drums and voice, but says everything it needs to, whilst making you feel like you’re dancing.”
“I think this might be my very favourite song. If it’s not this one, it’s definitely another song written by Julian Cope.”
“This is an intoxicating mixture of upbeat, touching, and purposeful. It also makes me think about a brilliant friend of mine, Caroline Williams, as I composed the music for a play that she wrote, and before every performance we used to dance around the theatre to this song. It makes you feel really focused and controlled and ready for anything.“
“This track is just really fun and seems like a great way to finish an album. On the up.“
Some beautiful tracks from Ed Dowie; I had no idea Kate Bush was that young when she wrote that song! And a great introduction to Kero Kero Bonito.
The album, ‘The ObviousI‘ comes out on Needle Mythology on the 26th March, and can be pre-ordered here: https://needlemythology.tmstor.es/ That evening (the 26th, at 9pm) there’s a Tim’s (Burgess) Listening Party on Twitter @listening_party Ed is doing a live streamed launch show on Youtube – 8:30pm Saturday 27th.
Follow Ed on social media: Twitter: @eddowie ,Insta: @edwarddowie and Facebook: @eddowie