They may be separated by a hundred miles and more of English greensward but Matt
Huish Saunders and John Hanson are united by uncommon dreams.
It's been a while since their debut album "I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of
How Much You Love Me" - more than four years, in fact. But Magnétophone have rarely
bothered cultivating a relationship with the zeitgeist, as the timeless, drifting spaces,
quixotic twists and unexpectedly warm melodies of that record proved. And the new
music which is now emerging from the tangled cables, rewritten Minidiscs and recycled
Jiffy bags that make up the fabric of Matt and John's compositional process is startling in
its beauty and resplendent in its freshness.
"The Man Who Ate The Man", as the new album has been christened, sees Magnétophone
opening their music up to new voices - and their new, limited edition 12" offers a taste of
the results. "Kel's Vintage Thought" is a fizzing, euphoric juggernaut, recorded in
Birmingham, Taunton and Dayton, Ohio - where Kim and Kelley Deal added the finishing
touches. "No Fun Without You (Hello John)" follows, all plangent, hovering tones and
opiated low-end, and leading perfectly into the fractured folk song that concludes the A
side. The vocal part on "...And May Your Last Words..." was contributed by HMS Ginafore
of the Fence collective, and this brief fragment offers a melancholy glimpse of a song that
will appear in a different, fuller guise on the album. The package is completed - and the
transatlantic connection sustained - by a four-to-the-floor dancefloor mix of "Kel's
Vintage Thought" which comes courtesy of Outhud, members of whom also play with !!!
and LCD Soundsystem.
"Kel's Vintage Thought" is released on November 29th. It comes as a limited edition, white
vinyl 12" in a v23 designed embossed sleeve. You can also buy it as a digital download -
it's available in both MP3 and high-quality, iPod-compatible MP4 - by going to : http://
A1. Kel's Vintage Thought
A2. No Fun Without You (Hello John)
A3. ...And May Your Last Words Be A Chance To Make Things Better
B1. Kel's Vintage Thought (Outhud Remix)
HMS Ginafore : http://www.fencerecords.com/folks/hmsginafore_intro.htm
Outhud : http://www.brainwashed.com/outhud/