During the late 18th century, the Spanish artist Francisco Goya suffered an unknown serious illness which left him almost completely deaf. His paintings that followed this, and leading up to his death, were dark, disturbing and largely unseen for years – he became a recluse, painting directly onto the walls of his home, allowing only his close inner circle to see his creations. After his death, the paintings were hacked from the walls and placed on canvases, finally made available for the public to see.
Goya’s Black Paintings have long been an inspiration to us. Immense, gigantic multi-layered pieces of art cloaked in dirt and filth. It’s an aesthetic that we attempted to bring to our projects Thrancis and OMAR. Equally, like Goya, we kept a lot of things hidden. For over a year, prior to working on Thrancis, we worked tirelessly on an album that we ultimately discarded – for no reason other than that we had spent too long with it. We needed a change and Thrancis proved to be the change that we needed – we began to incorporate much more singing, more distortion, more live elements.
Some songs made it out alive. Clockmen appeared on a split 12” with our friends From The Kites Of San Quentin. Meow surfaced on a compilation CD for Sounds From The Other City festival. Animals, a reworking of the hit by The Answering Machine, was a b-side for that single. Songs would make it into various DJ sets over the years, be part of podcasts or uploaded to blogs… all now lost in ancient cyberspace.
And so we posthumously present Fantastic Vision. Largely instrumental and untouched since its abandonment some six years ago, the fusion of chaos and calm speaks more to us now than it ever did previously. We hacked down the rotting remnants, glued their carcasses to canvases and couldn’t be more proud.
released February 5, 2016
Written, performed and recorded by Ian Breen and Rob Gregg, except Animals written by The Answering Machine and reworked by Borland.
Additional recording on Valium and Jupiter Pool by Jon Fearon. Voices and chaos on Jupiter Pool provided by Thrancis and Skerritt.