John Foxx And The Maths – ‘Rear-View Mirror’ (Unofficial)

June 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Rear-View Mirror is taken from the album ‘The Shape Of Things’.

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This brilliant follow-up to John Foxx And The Maths’ debut Interplay was recorded and mixed at Benge’s studio in London. Like Interplay, it’s the sound of analogue synthesizers and drum machines – and on one track, feedbacking guitars played by Foxx himself. Although there’s a raw edge to the likes of ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Talk’ this album is arguably more reflective and emotional than Interplay. Though not overtly auto-biographical, there is a sense of looking back over a life and exploring feelings of loss over opportunities and lovers missed, and possible futures that will remain unlived. All these thoughts and angles are expressed in ‘Rear-View Mirror’, ‘Unrecognised’, ‘September Town’, ‘Talk’ and ‘Falling Down’ , as conversations are remembered through dreams and scenes finally played out. Far from wallowing in nostalgia or bitterness, in many ways this is a vital, even sometimes pleasurable experience. At the end of the album those shadow worlds and darker feelings are actually zapped into a new form of life with the macabre sci-fi theatre of ‘the Shadow Of His Former Self’. Meanwhile, ‘Vapour Trails”s upbeat electronic pyschedelia is rooted in the music of Foxx’s own youth, while ‘Tides’ looks widescreen over a lifetime’s experiences, pinned to a fast Motorik beat and still looking to the future as Foxx rides ‘those wild eternal tides, again and again.’ Looking back in order to look forward, the album is about a life lived and a view on those shadow existences that also somehow stay with us. Ultimately it’s a positive and necessary process. It’s that glimpse when things unfold and we feel aware – just for a moment – of The Shape Of Things. This limited edition version of The Shape Of Things also features a hard-back book designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, and a bonus album of remixes by the likes of Ghost Box, Wrangler (featuring Stephen Mallinder from Cabaret Voltaire) and Gary Numan collaborator/remixer Andy Gray. There’s also a brand new track with Tara Busch, who recently supported John Foxx & The Maths on their Interplay Tour.

Disc 1

1. Spirus
2. Rear-View Mirror
3. Talk
4. Psytron
5. September Town
6. Unrecognised
7. Modreno
8. Falling Away
9. Invisible Ray
10. Vapour Trails
11. Buddwing
12. Tides
13. Astoria
14. The Shadow Of His Former Self

Disc 2

1. Evergreen (Radio Mix)
2. Shatterproof (Wrangler Mix)
3. Where You End And I Begin (Featuring Tara Busch)
4. Summerland (Belbury Poly Mix)
5. The Good Shadow (Tim ‘Love’ Lee Mix)
6. Watching A Building On Fire (Grayed Out Mix)
7. Interplay (Grayed Out Mix)
8. Evergreen (Xeno & Oaklander Mix)


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