JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS – INTERPLAY will be released on 21 March, 2011
Label: Metamatic Records
Live Show: 2nd April @ The Troxy, London (with Gary Numan)
The debut album by John Foxx And The Maths will be released by Metamatic Records on 21st March, 2011. Interplay is a collaboration between John Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). He’s best known for his 2008 album, Twenty Systems which was described by Brian Eno as ‘a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.’
Although Interplay sounds nothing like the ambient experiments of Twenty Systems, both albums are based around the waves, frequencies and vibrations of analogue synthesizers. Many of the songs on the new Maths album started with an electronic rhythm from a 1960s Moog system built into Benge’s studio, with the pair then coming up with ideas live in the studio. As Benge says, ‘the idea of Interplay is in the lyric from the title-track. ‘We calculated everything, but not the interplay’. In the studio we left a lot of things to chance and let the various combinations of sounds and colours and connections trigger our imaginations.’
Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more ”pop” than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together – from early electro to 70s Krautrock, even flashes of Cabaret Voltaire and Foxx’s first band, Ultravox! One track, ‘Watching A Building On Fire’ features Mira Aroyo from Ladytron, who also came up with the original synth riff.
Foxx and Benge wil be performing tracks from the album, plus a selection of early Ultravox material (with Robin Simon on guitar) and material from Foxx’s dark electro classic Metamatic at the Troxy, London on 2nd April, alongside live sets by Gary Numan and Motor. This follows their triumphant analogue performance last summer at the Roundhouse as the headliner of the 2010 Short Circuit festival. Meanwhile in recent years John Foxx has also collaborated with I, Robot film director Alex Proyas, writer Iain Sinclair and Robin Guthrie (ex-Cocteau Twins). He’s currently working on new material with Paul Daley (Leftfield).
”Foxx’s music still sounds futuristic, accompanied by flickering footage and images of design that never dates: imagined cityscapes, endless motorways. As these time machines whirr to silence, it’s clear that Mr Foxx is still fantastic.” NME review of John Foxx, the Roundhouse, June 2010
The full tracklisting is as follows:
Watching A Building On Fire
The Running Man
A Falling Star
The Good Shadow