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ARTIST
TITLE
European Splendour EP
FORMAT
CD

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SGR 024CD SGR 024CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/20/2013

John Foxx and Jori Hulkkonen have collaborated on a new EP, featuring four brand-new songs, two remixes by film-director David Lynch and a radio edit of the exquisite lead track "Evangeline." The other songs -- "Strictly," "Something Is Coming Down the Avenues," and "Can't See You Anymore" -- are as dream-like and strange as anything in either artist's catalog. For Foxx, the closest reference would be his 1981 album, The Garden but the surrealist feel of the new material is more displaced and dislocated. There's a strong sense of melancholy, loss, destruction, and also romance. Perfect material for David Lynch to reinterpret and re-imagine, quietly stretching out "Evangeline" with the sound of surf, a drum machine heartbeat and the twang of a '50s guitar. It's a beautiful, evocative remix and a shimmering instrumental version. Foxx, who wrote all the lyrics, describes the EP as a "Lynchian love story set against the background of a convulsed Europe -- where New York is the capital of France, Rome has moved to Manhattan and declared itself a republic, and new neon Blackpool has outstripped Las Vegas and London as the playground of Sino-Russian oligarchs." Adding to the sense of mystery, Foxx goes on to say: "It's based in a Eurozone where dark forces insinuate the cafes, alleyways and, penthouses." The artwork is by Bowie collaborator Jonathan Barnbrook, with the cover featuring a new sculpture by Foxx. Film icon remixes. Musician sculpts. Hulkonnen's career is as diverse as anyone. This is the world of European Splendour.