For an artist who has been known to take up to twelve years to make an album it’s something of a revelation that ‘Evidence’ is John Foxx’s third in as many years, testament perhaps to the creative energy generated from by his ongoing collaboration with experimental electronic music artist and producer Benge (The Maths of John Foxx & The Maths).
Sharing definite musical DNA with the previous John Foxx & The Maths releases ‘Evidence’ is, in part, a continuation of those previous dark, sinister, urban themes lightened considerably via a series of interesting collaborations with other artists broadly working in the same sphere, including The Soft Moon, Matthew Dear, Xeno & Oaklander and most notably two remarkable tracks featuring Elizabeth Walling’s Gazelle Twin project. In this context ‘lightened considerably’ is a relative term which sees the sinister near-industrial rumblings of the Matthew Dear collaboration ‘Talk (Beneath Your Dreams)’ replaced by the equally unsettling ethereal feast of Gazelle Twin collaboration ‘A Falling Star’, impressively different ways of conveying the jittery paranoia that runs through all fourteen tracks on the standard album.
A cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Have A Cigar’ should be a strange anomaly on this album of brooding electronic soundscapes, but, put through the interpretive filter of Foxx and Benge, it’s a song utterly transformed and sits perfectly alongside the rest of the record, another exceptional track on an album of exceptional tracks.
If you already own John Foxx & The Maths’ previous albums ‘Interplay’ and ‘The Shape of Things’ then you need this album. If you don’t own those records then you need all three, and what a treat you have coming your way…
Personal Magnetism / Evidence (Featuring The Soft Moon) / That Sudden Switch (Featuring Xeno & Oaklander) / Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) Featuring Matthew Dear / Neon Vertigo / Changelings (Featuring Gazelle Twin) / My Town / Have A Cigar / A Falling Star (Featuring Gazelle Twin) / Cloud Choreography / Shadow Memory / Walk / Myriads / Only Lovers Left Alive
‘Evidence’ is released on February 25th 2013 on CD and via download.
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