Trailblazing British producer Tim Friese-Greene presents the debut eponymous album for his new project Short-Haired Domestic, a collaboration with vocalist (and wife) Lee Friese-Greene of 90’s London Riot Grrl band Sidi Bou Said and currently lead vocalist and guitar player for Pavlova.
Tim Friese-Greene is best known for his celebrated production work with Talk Talk and Catherine Wheel (often dubbed the silent member of the former group).
Each track on the new album features vocals in a different language. At their heart are a breakbeat loop, sampled fragments, scratching, insistent funk and Latin rhythms, surprising appearances of acoustic guitar and just about every sound that’s possible to wring from a WASP synthesizer.
The result is melancholic and driven with a pop edge and sensibility. Avoiding any whiff of ‘divaness’ in the vocals, these songs instead allow emotion to be largely generated by the music as a response to the lyric.
Earlier, the duo released singles ‘A song in Spanish addressed to men who drive big cars’ and ‘A song in Latin… A song in Hindi…’, plus ‘A song in Japanese about trying things out before committing’ and ‘A song in German concerning gardens and goodbyes’.
Apart from his work with Talk Talk and Catherine Wheel, Friese-Greene has also produced works by Lush, Thomas Dolby, Sidi Bou Said and Firefly Burning. AllMusic describes him as “renowned for his unerring sense of atmosphere and nuance, Tim Friese-Greene was among the most innovative — albeit underrecognized — producers of his era”.
After 1995, he shifted his primary focus to creating music as a solo artist, issuing various releases under his own name and as Heligoland. Short-Haired Domestic is the next step in a logical progression for this producer.
The ‘Short-Haired Domestic’ debut LP is out now on vinyl and CD, as well as digitally. It is available across digital platforms and can be obtained directly in all format directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
1. A song in Latin about the importance of comfortable shoes
2. A song in Spanish addressed to men who drive big cars
3. A song in Japanese about trying things out before committing
4. A song in Bulgarian for lovers of gin
5. A song in German concerning gardens and goodbyes
6. A song in Italian saluting his mother
7. A song in Danish in which there is much discontent
8. A song in Hindi for insomniacs
9. A song in Yoruba about leaves, memory and time
Written and performed by Tim Friese-Greene and Lee Friese-Greene
Recorded and mixed at The Hold, Totnes
Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones at Gearbox Records and
Steve Kitch at Audiomaster
Sleeve artwork by Left Bridge
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Photos by Jake Friese-Greene