From Mertzbow to Madonna
Following on from rock and chamber pop albums (Episodes 1 & 2), Spencer McGarry returns with a synth pop third. Originally intended as a partly instrumental album influenced by cerebral electronic music, and also noisy, glitch soundscapes, what eventually emerged was a collection of 80's influenced pop, married with the music of Nintendo games.
The intention was always to produce the opposite of the last album, something obviously synthetic and lacking warmth. Thus, Episode 3 is a break from the previous incarnation (an almost double album behemoth of densely orchestrated musical pop), but it also feels like a continuation of the two albums that have gone before, with the energy and conciseness of Episode 1 and the layered sounds and unexpected, abrupt changes of Episode 2, all shot through with strong melodies and a sense of the absurd.
Songs deal with shallow people (At The Party), pro-illuminati rhetoric (We Make The World Run on Time), incomprehension at negative speculation (The Pessimist Light), obsession with a girl which becomes a violent religion (These Things in Your Name) and excessive boredom (One Thing Is Certain, I Can Be Hard Work)
Working with synths and keyboards in 2011, with long standing collaborators Sweet Baboo (who produced, mixed and engineered) and Avvon Chamber on drums, Spencer played and sang on the album himself, burned out from working with such a large group of musicians previously.
By turns ambitious and also directly simple, cold and humorous, Episode 3 is further insight into the eclectic mind of Spencer McGarry.
released July 23, 2012
Engineered & Mixed By Stephen Black
Written, Arranged & Performed by Spencer McGarry
Drums- Avvon Chambers
Mastered by- Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering
Drum programming on #2 & #3- Luke Taylor
Image- Kirsten McTernan
Dedicated to Kioji Kondo
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