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Album: The Machine That Made Us
Label: Talitres
Vertrieb: Rough Trade
VÖ: 16. Juni 2017
Die fünfköpfige Londoner Band FLOTATION TOY WARNING überrascht 13 Jahre nach dem Erscheinen ihres Debütalbums nun endlich mit dem zweiten Longplayer ‘The Machine That Made Us’. Sänger Paul Carter, Ben Clay und Nainesh Shah an Gitarren & Bässen, Drummer Steve Swindon, und Keyboarder Vicky West bedurften schon der Überredungskunst des Labelchefs von Talitres, der bereits die ersten europäischen Erfolge von Destroyer, The National, Swell und The Wedding Present ermöglicht hat, um als Band aus dem musikalischen Winterschlaf geweckt zu werden. Zwischenzeitlich komponierten sie Film- und Werbemusiken, tourten in Europa und schrieben viele Songs, die 2016 endlich aufgenommen wurden.


Doch das Warten hat sich gelohnt. ‘The Machine That Made Us’ erfreut mit einer erfrischenden Mischung aus kammermusikalischem Pop mit Folk-Einflüssen und einer Prise Space-Rock, der Fans von den Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Grandaddy, Sparklehorse bis hin zur Air begeistern wird.

 Most of Flotation Toy Warning met for the first time whilst working in North London in a sprawling old grey brick building enveloped in trees - a former women’s refuge, then place for injured soldiers to convalesce during World War I.

 Choosing a name from words written on beach balls and swimming rings, they agreed to live together in a warehouse with no windows in East London. Converted from an old clothes factory, it was ideal for making as much noise as you wanted, whenever you wanted. Which they did, whilst constructing a sound by plugging things into other things that shouldn’t rightly be plugged into anything. Then singing through them until something interesting happened.

 This lead to a series of performances in churches, boats, art galleries and someone’s living room, followed by two EPs then an album called Bluffer’s Guide to the Flight Deck. They subsequently became distracted for a considerable amount of time by something interesting they found written on a wall.

Thanks to some choice words of encouragement from a handsome French admirer, they finally came in from the cold in early 2016. After many years spent daydreaming whilst accumulating an impressive collection of unusually shaped novelty shoehorns, a sudden and overwhelming sense of urgency pushed Paul Carter to lock himself away in an abandoned church in North Wales. Here he frantically scribbled words to accompany musical ideas – some new and others that had been finely balanced on a shelf in an outhouse at the bottom of Ben Clay's garden for several winters. This return from musical hibernation encouraged his fellow bandmates to wake up too. A realisation that 'some time later' had become 'well, right now actually' inspired all of Flotation Toy Warning to dust themselves down and finish the job. So it came to be that 'The Machine That Made Us' was completed in early 2017. Parts of it were happy. Parts of it were sad. But everything that was difficult had come to an end. Much to the relief of a certain Gallic gentleman with a well chiselled jawline...

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