The ever-adventurous Stuart Maconie has been playing Samuel Andreyev’s Tubular West again. His BBC6 Freak Zone program aired “Over by the Mantle” from the album Maconie said he was “really getting into.” I’m really into it too—and I never want out!
Welcome to the first TVR post of 2014 — a year in which we’ll mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Dion McGregor album (The Dream World of …. from Decca) with the release of an enthralling new compilation called Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor — Yet More Outrageous Recordings of the World’s Most Renowned Sleeptalker. Meanwhile, further news of The Tubular West, Samuel Andreyev’s album of “haunting beauty” (Apparently Magazine).
In December, Jean Daniel did an hour-long Tubular West feature on his Radio Judaïca program Jazzology (Strasbourg), calling it “Un magnifique album de pop contemporaine”! In his between-tracks commentary, M. Daniel invoked a wide range of musical entities in an effort to convey the distinctive qualities and diversity of the recording: Purcell, Schubert and Debussy through the Beatles, Bowie and Pink Floyd. One of the songs, he suggested, was like the soundtrack to an imaginary David Lynch film. Oh, and there was something about “noisy fog” (my translation) that I liked too.
Next up will be a live appearance by Samuel on the Radio France show RenDez-Vous (date to be announced soon).
There you have it, for the moment, but much more to come!
Hear Samuel’s “Morning Flexion” amid other great tunes by artists such as John Cale and Scott Walker in a superb sequence of orchestral songs assembled by David Garland for his Spinning On Air program:
Here’s a quick first report on current Torpor Vigil action.
Stuart Maconie expressed his enthusiasm about The Tubular West (“really getting into it”) when he played a track on his BBC Radio 6 Freak Zone show last Sunday. Evidently in a test of its structural and sonic integrity, the engineer filtered out all the low frequencies. So listeners didn’t hear, for example, the terrific bass line played by Andrea Agostini–but the song still sounded great! Listen at 59:40 for Stuart’s introduction to “Plutos’s Matches” (or start at 52:55 if, like me, you’re a Gentle Giant fan):
Visit the TVR Soundcloud page to hear the full-frequency “Pluto’s Matches”:
Torpor Vigil recordings are now being distributed by Tedium House:
MP3s of The Tubular West and The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor are now available at iTunes.
To keep up with Samuel Andreyev in Europe, and elsewhere, follow him on Twitter:
That’ll do for now. Thanks for dropping by. I’ll have more for you soon.