Say Psych: Track Review: Badwan/Coxon – Boiling Point

Badwan / Coxon have announced details of the release of a 12” on Tough Love Records featuring 15-minutes of music over 2 tracks, ‘Boiling Point’ and ‘Promise Land’ set for release on 5 February 2021 as a limited edition 12”, which includes a very limited run of 100 copies with hand painted sleeves by Faris which are available via Bandcamp.

A collaboration between Faris Badwan (The Horrors / Cat’s Eyes) & renowned guitarist John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack / Spiritualized / Treader), it is the first release of an ongoing collaborative series between Faris and other artists, details of which will be subsequently announced. They met some years ago when Faris was looking for producers to work with on his solo material and their working relationship evolved beyond the existing songs into something more improvisational and instinctive. As Faris explains “The new songs we ended up working on were largely spontaneous and cut together from early takes with minimal overdubbing. The lyrics were improvised and the focus was placed more on creating atmosphere and keeping things fairly raw and expressive. I guess I found it rewarding particularly with the guitar playing because it was so intuitive and completely free from any expectations of how a song should be constructed. There are hooks and repetitive sections but fewer traditional structures. We tried to avoid doing any planning beforehand and focussed more on responding to what was happening in the moment. I guess the sessions were kind of a constant dialogue where we would each respond to the other’s improvisation.”

The nine minute offering is an exploration of ingenious instrumentation, seamlessly compiled to keep your rapt attention, wondering where it will turn next. This is the duo you didn’t know you needed, but now need more.

Pre-order here

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