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The Chap

Well Done Europe

    The Chap, a pan-European modern pop group based in London and Berlin, began life at the beginning of the last decade. In their quest to create music which “sounds wrong”, they pre- empted the current flavour for lo-fi prog-pop by several years and spawned a legion of fans who couldn’t believe how a band that revelled in the multilayered detachment and precision of their recordings could dive headlong into the realms of hard rock n roll immediacy, gaining themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting, challenging, and engaging live acts around. After two seminal bedroom-produced albums, “The Horse” and “Ham” - the latter in particular gathering considerable acclaim from the likes of Errol Alkan, Kissy Sellout and The Wire Magazine - The Chap delivered a third album, the masterpiece that is “Mega Breakfast”. This album featured corporate motivational style anthems about “proper music” and wanting to clone oneself.

    Despite being lauded by Pitchfork and many others, commercial success and world domination continued to evade The Chap, so they finally decided to “sell out” by recording a collection of pop classics that constitute their fourth album “Well Done Europe”. Needless to say, it’s another masterpiece featuring hit after hit, quite a few of which mention love and death and stuff like that. It sounds like the coolest new wave pop album ever recorded by a group of teachers (almost nobody in The Chap is a teacher).



    TRACK LISTING

    01. We’ll See To Your Breakdown
    02. Even Your Friend
    03. We Work In Bars
    04. Obviously
    05. Gimme Legs
    06. Well Done You
    07. Nevertheless, The Chap
    08. Pain Fan
    09. Torpor
    10. Maroccan Nights
    11. Few Horoscope
    12. Chalet Chalet

    Europa 51

    Abstractions

      This is the debut album from Europa 51, the new band featuring Andy Ramsay and Simon Johns of Stereolab, along with Marcus Holdaway, John Bennett and Dominic Murcott from the High Llamas amongst others. It also includes a host of guests including the late Mary Hansen of Stereolab. The result comes across like a mixture of Stereolab and the Incredible String Band! The multimedia CD also contains a 25-minute film "Top Ten Of Everything" featuring the original score by Europa 51.


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