Amorphous Androgynous describe their new collab LP with Peter Hamill as “a no-holds-barred massive prog rock celebration!” Full story below…
‘We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal’ was written with legendary Van Der Graaf Generator vocalist Peter Hammill, featuring Paul Weller on piano and guitar, and explores the theme of mortality and immortality. Creating an epic music production on a scale rarely seen these days, ‘We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal’ took 4 years to create, and was recorded with over 100 musicians, including a 25-piece string orchestra and 50-piece choir The Chesterfield Philharmonic.
This extraordinary piece of music segues from a 13-minute prog opera opener with Peter Hammill to full on post-modern backwards sampladelic beat splurge ‘Pysch Recap’ with disembodied vocals, to the finale ‘Symphony On A Theme Of Mortality’, which starts as a Vangelis circa Bladerunner soundtrack before lifting off into pure Floyd like female aria rock heaven with screaming guitar by Ray Fenwick (Ian Gillan Band and the Spencer Davis Group), and screaming diva Kendra Frost.
Garry Cobain commented:
“I wanted this to be a no holds barred massive prog rock celebration that is rarely seen these days – but rather than the sound of 7 hippies hanging around my french chateau it’s very much a post-modern back to front sonic twist of a vision – very much studio based balancing the best of what we do as sampling collage freakniks colluding with the most liberating musical performances I can inspire – very much moving forward rather than retreading the past!”
Music pioneers The Amorphous Androgynous (Garry Gobain and Brian Dougans) began work together in 1990 as electronic luminaries Future Sound Of London racking up 8 Top 20 singles, a Top 10 album ‘Lifeforms’, followed by the Top 20 album ‘Dead Cities’. Using technology to change the way people consumed music, these electronic pioneers not only broke records as the first band to tour the world without leaving the studio with their audio-visual ISDN global broadcast, but they also had the first ever commercially available digital download with ‘Lifeforms’ featuring Liz Frazer (Cocteau Twins).
In 2009 The Amorphous Androgynous was born, lovingly compiling their unique chronicle and reinterpretation of what the psychedelic constitutes in the modern day by releasing their legendary ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind )’ series, for which they won ‘Best Compilation Of The Year’ at the MOJO Awards. They went on to remix the likes of Oasis (their last single ‘Falling Down’), Pop Levi, and DJ Food to Syd Arthur. Taking their vision on the road they headlined with Hawkwind at a 12-hour Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Spectacular, supported Kasabian and curated a Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble stage at the Green Man Festival in 2010.
Their next project was producing Noel Gallagher’s first solo album, following his split from Oasis. Noel claimed it was ‘the furthest out he’d ever been’, with the only tracks released from the album to date being ‘Shoot A Hole Into The Sun’, The Right Stuff’ and ‘The Mexican’, the latter two appearing on Gallagher’s number one album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, co-written & co-produced by The Amorphous Androgynous. The rest of the album remains myth and legend, fans often wondering where it is and when the other tracks will see the light of day.
It is fair to say The Amorphous Androgynous have played their part in reigniting the global psychedelic revolution with their Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble compilations, remixes, work as producers and beyond. And with ‘We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal’ they return to remind us of the profundity of their influence.