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THE WORD

The Word is one of the better-kept secrets of 1980s Austrian disco music. Yet once you put the needle on this record, you notice that it sounds oddly familiar. The awe-inspiring signature piece “Lobster” has the same analogue, slow-moving aesthetic as Zenit’s timeless “Waiting” as heard on Edition Hawara’s first release. The same goes for the three other wonderfully unconventional, proto-electronic songs: “Easy”, “All My Life” and the eponymous “The Word”. And there are even more commonalities with Zenit’s LP: The vocals are Linda Sharrock’s, who here teamed up with Karl “Charly” Ratzer and Peter Ponger, the twin brother of legendary Falco producer Robert Ponger. The result of this collaboration is, well, also quite legendary. How this kind of sound emerged in Vienna in 1984 is still a bit of a mystery, but clearly all the stars were aligned when Sharrock, Ratzer and Ponger were jamming in the studio. Editions Hawara happily share this secret with us. Just as there are very few lobsters in landlocked Vienna, there are very few records like this out there.

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Patrick says: So, I've been on the hunt for this Austrian electro-boogie / Balearic pop peach ever since my good friend Basso lifted the Soup Kitchen lid a few years ago. The Lobster is cosmic, cool as fuck and so damn groovy, as are each of its three buddies - this is in limited supply, so go go go!

Liars

Titles With The Word Fountain

    Titles With The Word Fountain was recorded during the same sessions as TFCF, but this isn’t a collection of leftover material or outtakes. Angus explains, “To me it’s more like a sequel. I chose the songs that appear on TFCF based on how well they addressed the trauma of a failed creative relationship, whereas the material on Titles With The Word Fountain is more playful despite revolving around the same sentiments.”

    TFCF was the first Liars release since an amicable departure by founding member Aaron Hemphill, Angus goes on to explain, “There was a lot of pressure in producing TFCF as it was guaranteed to be framed by the lack of band members. With Titles With The Word Fountain I felt stripped of that burden and more free to include work that could be construed as unclear or abstract.”

    Four Day Hombre

    The First Word Is The Hardest

    The second single from Leeds band Four Day Hombre. "The First Word Is The Hardest" is a more edgy and intense offering, sounding like Doves, Radiohead or The Frames crossed with The Editors, or Nick Drake fronting Muse.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd CDS Info: The CD single includes "Leave The Light On" and the video for "The First Word Is The Hardest".


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