6 Janvier 2022
From CANADA •
British dance-pop duo present their clever and concept-packed single from their new 12-track album 'Ambiguous Poems About Death', newly released via Manchester's Analogue Trash label. Packed full of acerbic wit with tongue firmly in cheek when needed for maximum effect, this album will delight fans new and old. Earlier, the duo previewed the singles 'Hammered in An Airport', 'Félicette (Space Cat)' and 'Blurred in the Background'.
Spray is music-addict siblings Jenny McLaren (vocals, guitars) and Ricardo Autobahn (synths), who have managed to build an enviable following for their brand of danceable and subversive indie disco pop since their 2002 debut . Also responsible for a smash cover of Lisa Lougheed’s , their unique brand of oblique synth-pop is catchy as hell, bringing them mainstream pop success in an alternate universe.
"The Big Idea is our tribute to creatives, idealists and visionaries who pioneer concepts and ideas against backlash and resistance. The people who are then lauded and celebrated but only up until the point where big business works out how to monetize the idea. The line in the song "everybody loves you when they don't understand what you're doing - then you're expendable" is our nod to those corporations who will mine the well of talent, but only until the alchemy from art to commerce is completed," says Ricardo Autobahn.
"Spray have begun touring and playing live in recent years for the first time - and our songwriting style has slightly shifted to accommodate that. Having previously written albums purely from a studio perspective, this time we wanted to write a live anthem, a huge feelgood song with wide chords and melodies. No gimmicks. Like Coldplay but without all the unpleasantness," says Jenny McLaren.
Spray's musical DNA trace back to 90s band , who recorded one of the best Peel Sessions ever and went head-to-head with Sir Cliff Richard in a Christmas Chart Battle. Their hit single (a.k.a. The Hamster Dance Song) sold a million copies, reached number 4 in the UK single charts, landed them on Top of the Pops and, according to John Peel, was “the most requested song I’ve had since God Save The Queen”. They topped the John Peel Festive 50 Charts twice.
Spray was the secret weapon behind the UK’s 2006 Eurovision hit , written and produced with Daz Sampson, with their treated vocals used on the track. Ricardo Autobahn and Sampson's dance version of (as ) with the legendary Glen Campbell went Top-10. More recently Spray recorded music with anarchic BBC star Hacker T. Dog and Ricardo also plays keyboards with Welsh punk pop icons .
This is their second Analogue Trash release, following 2019's . They've used the intervening time wisely; writing, terrorising social media, and a number of live shows.
'Ambiguous Poems About Death' is out now, available digitally and on CD with blue cover artwork via and everywhere online at .
"'Fantastically catchy and grooving witty club anthem... this music has sprung from two brilliant minds" ~ Big Takeover Magazine
"The perfect blend of wit and wisdom, back street philosophies and lyrical gems... bubbling synth-pop groover running on digital waves and smooth electronic ebbs and flows" ~ The Swindonian
"What could be the long-lost track from Trainspotting or Human Traffic, pulsates with a youthful energy, likened to the chemical generation of the late 90s" ~
The Manc Review
"Sense of humour along with a talent for sharp, polished electronic pop. While the competition is quite fierce, Spray may have delivered one of the year’s finest albums" ~ The Electricity Club
"This is leftfield indie disco synthpop – with a big stick!" ~ RGM Magazine
"Smart, quirky and downright memorable" ~ The Spill Magazine
'The Big Idea' from 'Ambiguous Poems About Death' LP
5 January 2022
Composed, performed and produced by Spray
Performed by Jenny McLaren and Ricardo Autobahn
Music engineered at Spray Studio 1 (Lancashire)
Vocals engineered at Spray Studio 2 (Liverpool)
Additional vocals by Terri McDonald and Phil Fletcher
Mixed by Morgan Lorentz
Published by Copyright Control/23rd Precinct Music Ltd
ALL © Photos by Phil Fletcher
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DIFFUSION JANUARY, 6th, 2022