Arcades

Arcades

Arades is a collaboration between David Prior and Dugal McKinnon. One might be tempted to use terms like 'post-pop', 'art-pop', 'avant-pop', 'alt-pop', 'ambient-pop', 'experimental' or 'alternative', and to cite the influence of artists such as Laurie Anderson, David Sylvian, and (particularly) late period Talk Talk (Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock), but Arcades have created their own moving and quietly unsettling sonic world. Trained as composers and having played in bands, David and Dugal are inquisitive, sonically omnivorous musical artists, ever-fond of crossing borders between music and sound art.

The compositions for Who's Most Lost? were primarily inspired by the duo's ongoing infatuation with pop music. While the pieces were composed relatively quickly, the production process evolved slowly, emerging largely out of countless emails, ftp exchanges, and multiple performances recorded in numerous physical locations. While there was no overarching concept at work behind the album, a recurring theme of dislocation emerged: psychological, cultural, social, spiritual, lost and sometimes found, "Lost and Safe" as The Books have it, and particularly lost in the blinkered comforts of 21st century life, with its multitude of dark forces just beyond the living room door.

The duo are currently talking with Lunapark (an ensemble based in Holland of which Arnold Marinissen, who played percussion and drum kit on much of the album, is a member) about arranging the Who's Most Lost? material to performance live. They also plan to work on a second album on which the ensemble will be involved in the production process from the outset.

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