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Concretism

Dick And Stewart Original Soundtrack (LP)

Label: Castles in Space

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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€22.90
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*2022 stock. a single sided 12' inch LP. UV printing on the reverse side.* Dick and Stewart is a series of short animations set in either Britain’s dismal past or the Britain that’s soon to come. It's hard to tell nowadays, isn't it? Either way, just imagine what it would be like if childrens’ TV programmes were written by George Orwell or Franz Kafka. Or the government itself. 

The stories follow the adventures of the eponymous Dick and an eyeball, which is all that’s left of his best friend, Stewart, following an accident. It’s written, animated and directed by Richard Littler (Scarfolk), produced by Andy Starke of Rook Films (A Field in England, Free Fire, In Fabric) and read by Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh).

While each episode addresses a different dystopian but topical subject, such as propaganda, civil defense, ‘fake news’, gaslighting and other forms of governmental corruption currently blighting western politics, the pilot episode, which is called ‘I Spy with my Little Eye’, concerns surveillance, an unsurprising theme given that, last year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the UK government's bulk interception of data was against human rights.

"Providing a gloriously woozy soundtrack is Chris Sharp, whose 2018 Concretism album, ‘For Concrete And Country’, was an unsettling evocation of Cold War Britain with its secret bunkers and microwave relay stations. ‘Dick And Stewart’ finds Sharp mining a gentler but no less unsettling musical seam: the unmistakeable sound of, as Paul Weller once put it, “watching the news and not eating your tea”.

The sickly arpeggios of ‘Too Many Teeth’ perfectly evokes the feeling of dread that arose as the closing titles to ‘The Magic Roundabout’ faded and Angela Rippon began to speak sternly of “the arms race”. And it’s impossible to hear the listing mellotron of ‘Dick In Bed’ without experiencing a kind of Proustian revulsion for the taste of cellophane-wrapped Lucozade." - Bob Fischer, Electronic Sound

Chris Sharp, the talent behind the Concretism project, takes inspiration from worlds exactly like those portrayed in Dick And Stewart. His last album, "For Concrete and Country" was a hugely successful distillation of our not too distant past/future world of nuclear threat and cold war paranoia, resulting in an album of unsettling electronics which perfectly invoked the pervasive cultural disquiet of intrusive surveillance, the red menace and the bomb. Fears which the recent drift of events confirm are still very much with us, remaining part of our societal DNA. 

Having already established the working relationship with Richard Littler - Richard designed the adapted radome artwork for FCaC, Chris was the natural choice to provide the soundtrack for Dick and Stewart. Chris delivers his first soundtrack with relish, supplying a set of short, sharp electronic cues formed with his usual precision. Not a note is wasted as the woozy, unsettling themes of the films are effortlessly captured herein. It's fair to say that it's a piece of work that could not have been made by anyone else.

The record itself is pressed on a single sided 12' inch LP utilising a new process of UV printing on the reverse side which is only available from a select few manufacturers. The artwork as designed by Richard is incomparable and it all makes for an incredibly special and desirable album.

 

 

Details
Cat. number: CiS054
Year: 2020
Notes:

The record is pressed on a single sided 12' inch LP utilising a new process of UV printing on the reverse side which is only available from a few manufacturers. Artwork designed by Richard Littler.
All CiS copies come with a postcard, 100 of which will be signed by Chris. 

All music written by and produced by Chris Sharp.
Mastered by Antony Ryan at RedRedPaw
℗2020 Chris Sharp ©2020 Chris Sharp
Graphics and design by Richard Littler 

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