British production duo Amorphous Androgynous have revealed their side of what happened to the album they recorded with Noel Gallagher, and say the former Oasis man missed out on what could have been "the most exciting moment in modern fucking music history".
Gallagher's collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous was announced in tandem with his debut album proper, 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds', at his 2011 press conference. The record wasn't released and Gallagher recently told NME it will "never see the light of day" because "the mixes weren't right" and he just "couldn't be arsed" to put out another record.
Speaking exclusively in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Amorphous Androgynous's Gaz Cobain revealed that the duo had no idea Gallagher was working on two records simultaneously, and only discovered that he'd recorded another, more traditional album with producer Dave Sardy when it was announced at the press conference. "At that point," said Cobain, "we knew our record was fucked."
Cobain said suspicions were raised when Gallagher was absent from the recording sessions, having supplied the duo with a bunch of demo recordings. "There had to be an artistic process where we would all be expressing opinions and getting deep down and dirty with each other, and that essentially is where this record went wrong," Cobain said. "Noel gave us all the power and we conducted most of those two years in absolute isolation. I don’t think he wanted to fully interface with the craziness of our music."
He added: "You’re looking at a two-year process here – thousands of hours of our time. At no point was our record supposed to be a remix album or a companion piece… For us, this had the potential to be the most exciting moment in modern fucking music history. This was his solo album; this was the idea that Noel had held back in Oasis. He'd name-checked 'Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble', krautrock and worked with The Chemical Brothers. Now was his moment of freedom; his moment of revolution."
In spite of the experience, Cobain said he holds no ill feeling toward Gallagher, and said they get on "totally well". Two tracks from the sessions have made their way on to Gallagher's forthcoming 'Chasing Yesterday' album.
Amorphous Androgynous release the third installment of their 'A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble' compilation/remix series, 'A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) - The Wizards Of Oz' on March 16. It features Pond and Tame Impala alongside a wealth of little-known psychedelic artists past and present from Australia and New Zealand.
Read the full interview with Amorphous Androgynous in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally.
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