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PARADISE / IN LOVE AN ARC
Cata No: LSSN052
|Paradise / In Love An Arc is the debut recording by AMOR, a new quartet based largely in Glasgow,
consisting of Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler, Michael Francis Duch and Paul Thomson. AMOR is
a master-class in blissful, searching, avant-disco fuelled by telepathic ensemble playing and an
untouchable, higher joy.
Recorded at Chem 19 at Green Door in Glasgow, it was mixed with Golden Teacher/The Modern
Institute-member Richard McMaster. Both tracks edge the 14 minute mark, slices of ecstasy
seemingly hewn from a band deep in the Zone. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios, the
balance between hefty, bass-thick kicks and crisp percussion, an elastic double bass that lends a
bounce to proceedings and floating piano chords recalls a warped take on Philadelphia International
Records, a version of This Heat decimating the disco charts of late 70s USA. Paradise begins with a
proto-house kick drum and Paul Thomson’s inescapably funky percussion, inviting Duch’s bass into
the mix. Fowler’s subtle electronic touches set up some of the most open-hearted, love-infected vocals
Richard Youngs has ever set to tape. Guided through various drops and ecstatic highs by ceaselessly
inventive rhythm composition, the listener is elevated to several plains, to different levels and spirits.
In Love An Arc arguably goes deeper. Jane Sayer’s guest violin scrapes us in, with formless shapes
polluting the stereo field until a plaintive piano chord pattern brings us into the groove. Sounding like a
lost spirit looking through the glass darkly, Youngs’ vocal is melancholic and truthful. Fowler’s synth
playing evolves upward, duetting with the stringed instruments’ deep excursions into the night.
While these are only the first recordings by AMOR, the members have separate exceptional histories
in modern music. Richard Youngs has a 140+ long discography covering any number of musics often
invented by Youngs himself, while Luke Fowler is an award winning film-maker and visual artist, as
well as an electronic musician in his own right. Paul Thomson is a drummer and percussionist with
Franz Ferdinand and The Yummy Fur and Michael Francis Duch is a double bassist based in
Norway with deep roots in the world of improvisation and minimalist composition. Most importantly,
however, is that this is the sound of a band, as one.
While unmistakably Dance music, these are analog recordings, sounds in a room, in space. The
musicians are messengers, the message is love.
Tracks:SIDE A: Paradise (13:53)
SIDE B: In Love An Arc (13:24)
Press:House sleeve artwork by Robert Beatty (Thee Oh Sees, Oneohtrix Point Never, Tame Impala)
Audio & Video:N/A
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