Like Plaid, he weaves in some atonal melodies but he does it in such a way that it retains its warmth, something which can be lost with seemingly aimless sounds. Instead he adorns his tracks with oriental tones and echoing vocals played out as hollow twinkles on a music box. His music is for fans of the more acoustic side of electronic music. Sunken Foal shares his affinity for unusual instrumentation with artists like Colleen, while his take on the electronic side veers more towards the more expressive sound of Chris Clark.
Recently been a bit ill - hadn't been ill in ages so it was on the cards - lots of homemade soup and i'm back on the mend - but i have been having these strange dreams....
What are you currently listening to?
I got "Ambient 3 The Day Of Radiance" by Eno the other day - its like it was made for me personally - some Milanese (Planet-Mu) is fantastic for hangovers i find - the new Grizzly Bear hasn't caught me the way i'd hoped as yet - "154" by Wire - i keep watching DAF's "Liebe Auf Den Ersten Blick" on you tube - its strangely hipnotic - "Champagne Body" by General Levy is really grabbing my happy these days - however, right this minute i'm currently listening to this kid down the road who has a really annoying little motorbike that he shunts about his back garden and i want to smash his face in
Who were your main influences growing up?
Musically yeah? my brothers, my piano teacher was really supportive, my mates - my brothers got me really into Siousxie And The Banshees and english indie music in the eighties - through my mates i got into Sonic Youth and Fugazi as a teenager and then electronic stuff like The Orb, Carl Craig and Autechre - i remember loving Yazoo and Kraftwerk when i was really young and asking for a casio keyboard for christmas - otherwise i was influenced by Neil Buchanan and Tony Heart
What’s with the band name?
I was djing on the radio and had to read out some ads for a funk'n'soul club - i got it wrong - how my friends laughed...
When can we expect the next Sunken Foal release?
Just finished a load of stuff - whenever Mike P can put it out i suppose (if he likes it) - this year i'm sure
Will it sound like “Fallen Arches” or do you plan on changing your sound up a bit?
I dunno - that's up to you really - i'm always approaching things differently on every tune but when its all mixed together in a pot there may be a similar style or character that overrides the component parts - i've been playing with software and analogue synths a lot while recording over the last few months but i've also been writing lots of ditties on banjos and guitars at night which will get recorded at some stage - i'm trying to either be a little more 4/4 or do stuff where i throw time signature out the window so to speak
Are a lot of you sounds computer based or..?
The individual sounds tend to be a mixture of acoustic/electric instruments and synthesizers - then they get put into the computer to be manipulated and arranged
Do you have any side projects you would like to share with us?
I recorded a huge amount of work with singer/songwriter Carol Keogh under the name "The Natural History Museum" - we've kinda been at opposite ends of the country for the last while and i'd love to get back to working on that stuff - its such a different way of working and really rewarding - myself and Trev (Ambulance) were talking the other day about writing some new tracks together soon (we've been threatening this for ages)
You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
"4′33″" by John Cage - i dunno - i don't think i have the ability to reach into my brain and pull an honest answer out for that one - i asked my mate rod the other day what meal would he live on for the rest of his life if condemned to (provided it magically contained all vital nutrients) - he said really hi quality bread and oil - this is so much smarter than my choice: breast milk
Are you living your dream?
Not at all - i've very little money - i'd like to go on a holiday to St. Petersburg and live it up with the mafia but its not likely - working on Sunken Foal music all the time is great - but i've interests in other artistic areas too (musical and otherwise) and i'd like spend more time at them