Amor are a Glasgow-based dance outfit. Their eclectic line-up bleeds eclecticism into their music, however. The band consist of avant-garde musician Richard Youngs, Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler, Paul Thompson who played drums with Franz Ferdinand and Norwegian minimalist composer Michael Francis Duch. Their debut album, Sinking Into A Miracle, was recorded at Chem 19 in Glasgow, the place where all those Delgados and Arab Strap records were made and produced by Paul Savage and Richard McMaster of Golden Teacher. LP and CD on Night School.
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For those of us who love Richard Youngs voice but are sometimes alienated by his..um..challenging career swerves then his being part of this Glasgow based supergroup is quite the bonus. The quartet use double bass, piano, synth and drums (played by Franz Ferdinand's Paul Thompson) to produce a melancholic but uplifting form of discotheque that is not unlike the sort produced by Arthur Russell under his Dinosaur L moniker.
Opener Phantoms of the Sun is a balearic blissful track that starts slowly but then seems to up a gear with the introduction of Youngs vocals and italo-house styled piano. Glimpses Across Thunder also offers little in it's first minute or so but then by way of a brilliant bass line becomes a great slab off oddball disco with handclaps more house piano and a yearning feel. I've long since suspected that Youngs voice would work perfectly in more pop orientated areas and this just proves it.
The tracks sound kind of semi improvised as if the group have made them up on the spot but the tight knit and simple instrumentation ensures that these are disciplined jams that crucially remain streamlined and lack flab. At times (especially on Heaven Among the Days) there's the improvised scattershot feel of Youngs solo work and though it's nice to hear some more out there instrumentations the slithery disco is what really stands out here. The thirteen minute closer Truth of Life once again has an improvised feel but it's superb drumming helps form a track which sits somewhere between the mutant disco of Liquid Liquid and the propulsive kraut rock of Can circa Future Days.
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