A NEW KIND OF MAN (METAMATIC)
John Foxx, the man behind ULTRAVOX's first three post-punk albums and his electro solo masterpiece "Metamatic" (described as 'visionary' by the KLAXONS), releases two news albums - "Impossible" and "A New Kind Of Man".
This follows 2009's critically acclaimed "Mirrorball" (with Robin Guthrie), which was described as a 'breathtakingly beautiful' in the NME and by Q as featuring the "best of both their recent works: Foxx's epic, sepulchral grandstanding and Guthrie's intricate, filmic soundscaping." "A New Kind Of Man" was recorded on Foxx's 2007 "Metamatic Tour" and includes live versions of all the tracks off the pioneering electronic album, plus B-sides and rarities.
As Uncut comments, "This is the Klaxons' all-time favourite album apparently but its influence moves immeasurably beyond that".
Meanwhile, John Foxx & Louis Gordon's album, "Impossible" features two new tracks - "Adult Concerns" and "Walk This Way" - plus 10 re-worked versions of previously released material including classics such as "Dislocation" and "The Man Who Dies Every Day".
Some of these are completely new arrangements, others are closer to the live versions. There's a raw, analogue, fractured, aggressive style to the material - the closest in sound is Foxx/Gordon's 2003's "Crash & Burn" but it's heavier than that album, featuring 'rusty metallic synths', live improvisations and 'shredded' vocals.
William Burroughs, Del Toro and the strobe-lit techno-punk imagery of early ULTRAVOX! are all reference points on one of the darkest albums John Foxx has released in years.
"John Foxx is an amazing musician. He's full of visionary ideas." - KLAXONS "A true pioneer." - LADYTRON "John Foxx is a genuinely creative, innovate and inventive artist".
- GARY NUMAN "Early Ultravox were the Velvet Underground of my generation." - JOHN TAYLOR, DURAN DURAN.