The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love (2009)


4AD wrote:

Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell are The Big Pink, and although both of music stock, their excellent debut, 'A Brief History of Love', is the first album that either can really call their own.
Both from London, Milo is behind the celebrated Merok label, which has helped to launch both Klaxons and Crystal Castles as well as unleashing mutant triumphs from such underground experimentalists as Salem and Teengirl Fantasy, while Furze made a name for himself in such industrial behemoths as Panic DHH and Alec Empire. Though the pair are the central musical orchestrators, an ever-evolving line-up – currently consisting of Akiko Matsuura (Comanechi, Pre), Daniel O’Sullivan (previously of Sunn O))) and Guapo), backing singer Valentine Fillol Cordier and bassist Leopold Ross - has helped them to engineer a sound that marries an anthemic pop sensibility with fiery digital experimentalism.
2009 started with a bang, with the ink just drying on a worldwide deal with 4AD – an apt move as their otherworldly qualities provide a direct sonic connection to some of the label’s most celebrated acts like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and TV On The Radio – they appeared high up in the critics vote BBC Sound poll and then received the prestigious Philip Hall Radar Award at the NME Awards, something that surprised all but those that knew what was about to follow.
Ignoring all pressure, they headed to the Electric Lady Studios in New York to record and self-produce what was to become their epic debut album, 'A Brief History of Love'. The job of mixing fell to Rich Costey (Mastodon, Muse, New Order, Rage Against The Machine) with the exception of ‘Velvet’, which was previously mixed by Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). To package the recordings with artwork as otherworldly as the music the band called upon long-term 4AD friends and collaborators, v23 (Pixies, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil).
The final results are eleven stunning tracks that chart the trials of the heart, set within a sound world that combines melody and beautiful noise in equal measure. Previous singles, "Too Young to Love" and "Velvet" make the cut while live favourites like "Crystal Visions", "Dominos" and "Count Backwards From Ten" all go towards creating a body of work so strong, it cements The Big Pink’s position as one of the finest and most important bands to emerge in years.
We might be in the dying embers of this decade but there’s room still for one more turn; 'A Brief History of Love' might just be it.
My decision - 5/5. Perfect, brilliant album!


The Big Pink
A Brief History Of Love
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1. Crystal Visions
2. Too Young to Love
3. Dominos
4. Love in Vain
5. At War With the Sun
6. Velvet
7. Golden Pendulum
8. Frisk
9. A Brief History of Love
10. Tonight
11. Count Backwards From Ten

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United Kingdom
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