Peter Gordon has a long history of working with the likes of Arthur Russell and other remarkable New York types, and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans obviously jumped at the chance to collaborate with him. Their Same Language, Different Worlds is Russell-esque future funk record, with contributions from Nik Void (Factory Floor) and Peter Zummo! On O Genesis.
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Such is Tim Burgess' current omnipresence it’s hard to open the internet without seeing his mushroom hair on something or other blathering on about something or other on social media. But he means well, championing music that would otherwise remain undiscovered and helping spread the word about shops such as ours. But it’s another lesson as to how it’s not what you do but how visible you are on social media which counts these days. One wonders how would Syd Barrett cope in todays' world?
Anyway here is Tim again this time collaborating with 60 something New York veteran Peter Gordon who worked with Arthur Russell back in the day. Gordon provides interesting synth scapes for Tim to sing his hushed words over. There are some enjoyable moments ‘Say‘ has a great slinky backing which makes you wonder what magic David Bowie could inflict over this, the snaking saxes are particularly enjoyable slithering in and out of view. Gordon certainly still has chops for someone of his vintage and makes some interesting avant pulses in ‘Unguarded‘ which is possibly the stand out track here with it’s rampant congas and off kilter sax runs. Burgess does he best with some sweet falsetto which spreads over the percussive elements like raspberry jam. But elsewhere Burgess sounds as though he’s not exactly sure wheat he is doing here particularly ‘Ocean Terminus‘ is a rather uninspired dirge.
A worthy experiment I think overall though that yields some fascinating if slightly samey results. Gordons experiments are certainly way out of Burgess musical (if not listening) comfort zones and perhaps too many times Burgess ‘normalises’ the more out there aspects with his vocal approach but at least he’s getting out there and trying something different.
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